|Unit convenor and teaching staff||
Unit convenor and teaching staff
Assoc. Prof. Nicholas Baker
25B Wally's Walk, Room B263
130cp at 1000 level or above OR (20cp in HIST or MHIS or POL or POIR or MHIX or POIX units at 2000 level)
In the city of Rome on 20 May 1347, a low-born notary called Cola di Rienzo declared the re-foundation of the ancient Roman Republic, pronouncing himself Tribune of the People. In distant Avignon, the Italian poet Petrarch hailed Cola as a hero for a re-newed era of Italian cultural and political greatness. His actions, and Petrarch's response, represent one of the first moments of the Renaissance--a political and cultural movement that idealized classical antiquity and looked to the past for answers to to questions about identity, the nature of a moral life, the virtues of civil society, and human relationships with both the natural world and the divine. This re-birth of classical ideas and styles produced many of the most beautiful and enduring works of art and literature in the Western European canon. But the tensions between the ideals of classical antiquity and the realities of late medieval Europe also resulted in warfare, violence, and social and cultural upheaval. This unit explores why and how late medieval Europeans turned to the ancient world for answers and what happened when they attempted to re-create the classical point-of-view in the very different society of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
Per Faculty of Arts policy, unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – 10 marks out of 100 credit will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted seven days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline.
Turnitin will close at the deadline for submission of each written assessment tasks. Late submissions will need to be emailed direct to Assoc.Prof. Baker and accompanied by an explanation for their lateness.
Students who encounter difficulties in meeting the deadlines for written assessment tasks should apply for an extension via ask.mq.edu in advance of the due date. Students should familiarize themselves with the University's Special Consideration policy (see Policies and Procedures) before submitting such a request.
|Annotated Bibliography||20%||No||23:59 23/08/2021|
|Primary Source Analysis||20%||No||23:59 27/09/2021|
|Research Paper||40%||No||23:59 05/11/2021|
|Reflective Journal||20%||No||23:59 31/10/2021|
Primary source analysis
Weekly reflective journal
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An asynchronous online tutorial will be held each week.
Required and Recommended Texts
Required readings will be listed week-by-week on the iLearn site and available through the University Library.
Per Faculty of Arts policy, all required readings are available on-line only but it is recommended that students print out the required readings and read them in hard copy as pedagogical research suggests that comprehension and recall are superior when reading hard copy text as opposed to reading on-line.
The following highly recommended general texts and source collections are available on Reserve in the MQ Library and/or available in electronic versions via the MQ Library.
Peter Burke The Italian Renaissance: Culture and Society in Italy (1999)
William Caferro Contesting the Renaissance (2011)
The Cambridge Companion to the Italian Renaissance, ed. Michael Wyatt (2014)
The Civilization of the Italian Renaissance: A Sourcebook, ed. Kenneth R. Bartlett (2011)
A Companion to the Worlds of the Renaissance, ed. Guido Ruggiero (2002)
Images of quattrocento Florence: Selected Writings in Literature, History, and Art, ed. Stefano Ugo Baldassari and Arielle Saiber (2000)
The Italian Renaissance: Essential Readings, ed. Paula Findlen (2002)
Margaret King, A Short History of the Renaissance in Europe (2017)
Major Problems in the History of the Italian Renaissance, ed. Benjamin G. Kohl and Alison Andrews Smith (1995)
Lauro Martines Power and Imagination: City-States in Renaissance Italy (1988)
Anthony Molho Social and Economic Foundations of the Italian Renaissance (1969)
Charles Nauert Humanism and the Culture of Renaissance Europe (2006)
Palgrave Advances in Renaissance Historiography, ed. Jonathan Woolfson (2005)
The Portable Renaissance Reader, ed. James Bruce Ross and Mary Martin MacLaughlin (1978)
The Renaissance World, ed. John Jeffries Martin (2007)
The Routledge History of the Renaissance, ed. William Caferro (2017)
Guido Ruggiero The Renaissance in Italy: A Social and Cultural History of the Rinascimento (2015)
The Society of Renaissance Florence: A Documentary Study, ed. Gene Brucker (1998)
Venice: A Documentary History, 1450-1630, David Chambers, Brian Pullan, and Jennifer Fletcher (2001)
This unit uses iLearn. All students are expected to have internet access, use of a computer, and fundamental computer skills.
Week 1: Once Upon a Time in Italy…
Week 2: The Classical Point-of-View: Humanism
Week 3: Wealth and Power
Week 4: The Classical Point-of-View: Visual Arts
Week 5: Did Women Have a Renaissance?
Week 6: Republics: Liberty and Tyranny
Week 7: Princes: Civility and Cruelty
Week 8: Popes: Faith, Power, and Glory
Week 9: The Renaissance Beyond Italy
Week 10: A Global Renaissance
Week 11: The Waning of the Renaissance
Week 12: Once Upon a Time in Italy
Week 13: Writing Week
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