The following graduate courses are being offered in the Spring. Email addresses are included for contacting instructors for further information. For a list of courses being offered at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, see the website for UNC's program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. For those who are not aware of the opportunity, Duke and UNC have a reciprocal registration arrangement that allows graduate students at one university to take courses at the other.
Under the interinstitutional registration agreement, any graduate, professional, or undergraduate student enrolled as a degree-seeking student at any of the following participating universities may participate in registration via the interinstitutional registration process:
North Carolina Central University
North Carolina State University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
For further information on rules and registration procedures, go to the Interinstitutional Registration Agreement website.
Robertson Express Bus between Duke and UNC Chapel Hill: The Robertson Express Bus offers a direct trip between Duke and UNC, making it very easy to travel between the two campuses. It departs every half hour from the Chapel and drops off at the Morehead Planetarium at the center of the UNC campus. The Robertson Express Bus website gives a departure and arrival schedule.
506S.01. Art and Markets (Also ARTHIST 508.01, VMS 567S.01, ECON 321S.01)
Hans Van Miegroet
W 6:30 - 9:00
Loc: Smith Warehouse, Bay 10, Room A226
Cross-disciplinary art history-visual culture-economics seminar. Analytical and applied historical exploration of cultural production and local art markets, and their emergence throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Criteria for valuation of imagery or what makes art as a commodity desirable or fashionable. Visual taste formation, consumer behavior, and the role of art dealers as cross-cultural negotiants. Consent of instructor required.
ARTHIST 551LS-01. Wired! New Representational Technologies: Chateaux of the Loire Valley: Architecture, Court Life, and Warfare in Renaissance France (Also VMS 551LS-01)
TH 11:45 - 1:00, and Lab 1:25 - 3:55
Loc: Smith Warehouse, Bay 10, Room A226
The course explores the architecture of the French chateau from the time of Charles VIII (1483-98) and to the time of Henri III (1574-89). The architecture of chateaux such as Fontainebleau, Chambord, Blois, etc. will be considered in its relationship to the social structure of the court, to the political and economic environments of late fifteenth- and sixteenth-century France, as well as in the context of warfare and territorial conquest at both the regional and national level. Based on the course exploration of both visual and textual primary and secondary sources, students (alone or in groups) will develop a multimedia project of their choice on the theme of the French Renaissance chateau. Each project will include a research component (summarized in a paper) and a visualization component. The latter might take many forms, including (but not limited to) 3D models reconstructions of non-extant buildings, digital maps, databases, interactive timelines, etc.
HISTORY 556S.01. Religion, Conflict and Holy War in the Premodern West
TU 3:05 - 5:35
Loc: Carr 229
In this course we consider violence as a cultural phenomenon within western, predominantly Christian societies of the premodern world. How did enactment of violence, objectification by violence, and immunity from violence produce social, political, and religious identities? How do our sources represent violence and what are the historian’s responsibilities when examining and writing about violence? Topics include: how to define violence for the purposes of historical inquiry; the dialectic of violence and peacemaking in the Christian tradition; aesthetics, performance, and strategic use of emotions in potentially violent confrontations; the role of violence in state and community formation; the place of religious groups as mediators and fomenters of conflict; violence in millenarian movements for social change.
575S.01. Religion and Society in the Reformation (Also HISTORY 523S.01)
W 7:30 - 9:00
Loc: Carr 106
The social history of religion in the age of the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Renewal; ritual and community in the fifteenth century; the Protestant Reformation and social change; the urban reformation in Germany and Switzerland; women and reform; Protestant and Catholic marriage, household and kinship; Catholic renewal; the formation of religious confessional identities; religion and violence; interpreting “popular” religious culture; and witchcraft.
590S.02. Advanced Seminar in Medieval and Renaissance Studies: “Staging Venice” (Also ITALIAN 590S.01)
TUTH 4:40 - 5:55
Loc: Perkins LINK 0-88, Classroom 4
The Italian theater of the Early Modern period is the foundation of much European drama and we will examine the masterpieces of the genre through three centuries as they relate to Venice. We will concentrate on plays and novellas turned into plays in which Venice is put at the center, starting with Romeo and Juliet, which began its life as an Italian “novella” before being adapted by Shakespeare. We will then move to the drama of Ruzante, to the plays of Isabella Andreini (the best acclaimed Renaissance actress) and of her son, Giambattista, and include the later Venetian comedies of Goldoni and Gozzi.
609S.01. Old Norse: Introduction to the Language of Viking Scandinavia (Also GERMAN 510S.01, LINGUIST 562S.01)
WF 3:05 - 4:20
Introduction to the language of Viking Scandinavia, with primary goal of providing students with the linguistic tools needed to read the fascinating Norse literature in the original. Systematic presentation of grammar of Old Norse, and development of knowledge and skills needed to read and translate a considerable variety of Norse prose and, to a lesser degree, poetic texts. Also examines the relationship of Old Norse to other Germanic languages, as well as aspects of ancient Scandinavian culture and history. No previous knowledge of linguistics is expected or assumed. Knowledge of German is moderately helpful but not necessary. Taught in English.
630S.01. Shakespeare and Company (Also ENGLISH 536S.01)
W 4:40 - 7:10
Loc: Allen 317
After establishing context with Gurr, The Shakespearean Stage, 1574-1642, the seminar will focus on a handful of plays considered in the context of what is known and being discovered about the early modern theatrical company, particularly Shakespeare’s own company, the Lord Chamberlain’s-King’s Men. In this connection, we will consider two recent spectacular discoveries, the unearthing of the Rose and Globe foundations, and the computer-assisted discovery of the roles Shakespeare wrote for himself and played. We will also have two other sorts of company in view: a selection of plays by Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Coriolanus, and The Winter’s Tale; Kyd, The Spanish Tragedy; Marlowe, 1 and 2 Tamburlaine the Great and Edward II; Jonson, Every Man in His Humour and Bartholomew Fair; Middleton, A Trick to Catch the Old One and The Revenger’s Tragedy; and Middleton and Dekker, The Roaring Girl; as well as a selection of texts exemplifying current critical and archival work in early modern drama, including the new strong attribution to Shakespeare of the “Additions” to The Spanish Tragedy featured on the front page of The New York Times this August.
In connection with our study of Othello, Professor Porter, Editor-in-Chief of the mother of all editions of this play, the New Variorum (in progress), will open to the class some of his procedures and supplementary texts.
The main writing assignment will be a substantial and publishable essay due at the end of the seminar.
632S.01. Topics in Renaissance Poetry and Prose: “Biblical Typology in Medieval and Renaissance Literature” (Also ENGLISH 538S.01)
W 1:25 - 3:55
Loc: Soc. Psy. 128
Biblical typology comprises the idea that events in the Old Testament prefigured events in the New, with the New Testament narrative supplying a fulfillment and perfection of the story prophesied in the Old Testament’s types and figures. This typological (or figural) way of thinking undergirds Dante’s Commedia, the medieval cycle plays, and at least the first two tales in the Canterbury Tales (and implicitly therefore, the whole collection). We will trace the impact of this narrative structure of repetition-with-a-difference on Dante and Chaucer, through representative instances of medieval drama (and some stained glass), to the efflorescence of symbolic temporal structures (rather than Aristotelian unity) in Tudor and Stuart plays; there will be a final segment on the importance of typology to “Puritan” thought, including both English and American examples. As such a synopsis implies, this course will interrogate ideas of literary periodization, especially the distinction between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. We will also aim to think more broadly about temporality itself as a literary structure and how typological ways of thinking have historically undergirded American “exceptionalism.”
History 790S-02. Latin American History: “Culture and Power in Colonial Latin America”
TH 6:15 - 8:45 pm
Loc: Carr 229
In this seminar, we will critically analyze recent scholarship on colonial Latin America by looking at the ways that various scholars have engaged with the interaction between culture and power. While many of the authors would refute any attempt to review their works based on the analytical lens of power, I maintain that we can understand the differences in interpretation between the authors only through their implicit or explicit understandings of the relationship between colonialism and power in early Latin America. Hence power is at the core of this course, as I argue it is at the core of any study of colonial Latin America and the early modern world. I intend this course to explore a twofold thesis: first, I maintain that, by analyzing the interaction of power and culture, we can better understand the ways in which social bonds and something that could eventually be called the state emerged from the early sixteenth to the late eighteenth century. Second, I argue that, because of the unfortunate tendency among colonial Latin American historians to avoid theory, the most recent generation of early Latin Americanists is only now beginning to understand the relationship of power to culture and colonialism in the early period of Latin American history.
History 790S-10: Readings in Empire/Colonial Encounters: “State, Sovereignty and Territory, 1500-2000”
Brent Sirota (NCSU) and Phil Stern (Duke)
TU 6:15 - 8:45 pm
Loc: Carr 242br> firstname.lastname@example.org
The sovereign state has become the nearly universal form of political organization in the modern world. The pre-modern world was divided into a bewildering array of empires, kingdoms, fiefs, city-states, merchant leagues and ecclesiastical territories. But this extraordinary political variety slowly gave way—first in Europe, then throughout the world—to the dominance of a single political form: the sovereign, territorial state. This seminar will examine the emergence of the sovereign state in early modern Europe, its persistence in the West and its eventual export throughout the world, especially in the light of European commercial and colonial expansion. We will begin by examining the multiple “origin stories” of the modern state provided by historians and social scientists. Was the state the result of the administrative centralization of the Renaissance monarchs of western Europe? The political response to the breakdown of Christendom in the Protestant Reformation? Or the product of imperial encounters, as European polities attempted to exercise their power over territories, maritime space, and populations in the New World and Asia? We will consider the ways in which war, diplomacy and imperialism consolidated the state and laid the foundations of modern international law and relations. And we will look at the ways in which the sovereign state was given a popular basis in the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century age of democratic revolutions. Finally, we will consider the classical and contemporary theorists of the state from Hobbes and Locke to Carl Schmitt and Michel Foucault. As predictions of the demise of the sovereign, territorial state become ever more strident in an age of globalization, this course will provide an opportunity to assess both its past and its future.
History 890S-05. Global Connections: Research Seminar
John Jeffries Martin
TU 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Loc: Carr 229
This class focuses on the history of the Mediterranean. Starting with Braudel’s passionate account of this sea in his lyrical The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II, we will explore the Mediterranean on many levels: as an ecosystem, as a route for commerce and the movement of peoples and ideas, and above all as a point of encounter for diverse societies and cultures that—from the coasts of North Africa, Southern Europe, and the Middle East—shared this sea.
The course will consist of a body of common, interdisciplinary readings, but each student may choose his or her own focus for research. I am particularly interested in encouraging papers that seek to explore transcultural processes, whether these are examined from the vantage point of economic, military, political, or religious history. And certainly students may develop topics that analyze aspects of the history of this sea either in relation to those societies that lived around its shores or in relation to larger global questions—as they involve connections of the Mediterranean to the history of the world in China, India, or the Americas.
Our common focus will include readings from such primary sources as the Geniza Documents and such secondary works as Francesca Trivellato’s The Familiarity of Strangers, as well as the study of early modern maps, whether Ottoman or western European.
Divinity School, Historical Theology 803. Luther and Reformation Germany
Sujin Pak and Ken Woo
W 2:30 - 5:00
Loc: Langford 042
The theology of Martin Luther in the context of competing visions of reform.