04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M
Research Hall 201
Section Information for Spring 2018
This course examines some of the older as well as most recent interpretations of the European Renaissance (ca. 1350-1520). We shall begin with a look at humanism, which formed the intellectual foundation of the Renaissance, then turn to the various ways in which scholars have interpreted and re-interpreted this period ever since Jacob Burckhardt’s classic interpretation of the nineteenth century. Readings will be divided between primary and secondary sources. We shall read contemporary texts by authors such as Leon Battista Alberti, Niccolò Machiavelli, Giorgio Vasari, and Baldesar Castiglione among others. We shall also pay especial attention to how recent social, cultural, and art historians have both destroyed and reinforced various parts of the Burckhardtian paradigm.
Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.
Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.
Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.