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Current Courses: Fall 2022

English 5301 Old English Language
Dr. Brian McFadden
Tuesdays 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
(CRN: 33019)

English 5306 Milton, Utopia, and Dystopia
Dr. Ryan Hackenbracht
Wednesdays 6:00 am to 8:50 pm
(CRN: 35489)

How does utopic fiction try to make “a heaven of hell, [or] a hell of heaven?” Is that endeavor inherently diabolical—or, at least, tainted in some way—as it was for Milton's Satan? This seminar explores the ways in which Milton's epic about fallen angels and the Garden of Eden shapes much of our modern thinking about paradises, utopias, and dystopias. From Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis series to Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake, and from Aldous Huxley's Brave New World to Toni Morrison's Paradise, we will investigate the nature of Miltonic world-building and its legacy in Science Fiction and popular culture. 

History 5342 Studies in Renaissance and Reformation History: Sight and Blindness in Europe, ca. 1400-1800
Dr. Jacob Baum
Thursdays, 3:00 pm to 5:50 pm
(CRN: 22891)

This readings course will introduce students to key readings in premodern disability studies, as well as those that more specifically explore understandings and experiences of sight and blindness in later medieval and early modern European history

MUTH  5321 History of Music Theory 1 (Antiquity - 1600)
Dr. Peter Martens
Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00 pm to 3:20 pm
(CRN: 44293 )
Face to Facce

Students in this reading-intensive seminar will delve into the rich world of writings on the theory and practice of ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance music. These writings, frequently peppered with musical examples and close commentary thereon, also comprise a more general intellectual history of the western world. Working knowledge of musical notation is helpful but not required. Students will be encouraged to tailor class projects to their own interests and areas of study. 

Spanish 5362 Golden Age Literature: Animal Lives
Dr. John Beusterien
Thursdays 3:00 pm to 5:50 pm
(CRN: 36181 )
Face to Face

Scholars have increasingly recognized the importance of the humanities, particularly literary studies, in addressing the environmental crisis. Golden Age Literature (Spanish 5362) joins the environmental humanities by focusing on literature from medieval and early modern Spain. It pays special attention to how the study of literature gives students tools to better understand and empathize with the lives of real, individual animals.





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