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Medieval Studies Program

The Program in Medieval Studies at Emory University promotes interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies of medieval societies and cultures from Late Antiquity to the seventeenth century by offering an Undergraduate Major in Medieval-Renaissance Studies in Emory College and a Graduate Certificate Program in Medieval Studies for graduate students working in departmental doctoral programs.

The Medieval Studies Program also sponsors lectures, symposia, monthly roundtables, and other gatherings for the presentation and discussion of scholarly work by faculty and students on Medieval Studies and on the different areas of study that constitute it.

Organized as a program of Emory's Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts, the Medieval Studies Program is administered by a Director, a Steering Committee, and a Committee on Medieval Studies. Faculty associated with the Medieval Studies Program hold appointments in Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature, English, French and Italian, German Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Music, Philosophy, Religion, and Spanish and Portuguese; in the Candler School of Theology; and at the Beck Center at Woodruff Library.

Faculty

Chair/Director
Judith Evans-Grubbs
P1995380
Betty Gage Holland Professor of Roman History

Education

  • Ph.D, Stanford University, 1987
  • BA, Emory University, 1978

Departments

  • History, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Judith Evans-Grubbs
P1995380
Betty Gage Holland Professor of Roman History

Education

  • Ph.D, Stanford University, 1987
  • BA, Emory University, 1978

Departments

  • History, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty
Core Faculty
Lynn Bertrand
P2360240
Associate Professor

Education

  • BM, University of Cincinnati, 1970
  • MA, Kent State University, 1975
  • PhD, University of Cincinnati, 1978

Departments

  • Music, Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • music history and literature
C.Jean Campbell
P3360169
Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Toronto, 1984
  • MA, The Johns Hopkins University, 1986
  • PhD, The Johns Hopkins University, 1992

Departments

  • Art History, Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • Renaissance art
Maria Carrion
P5127079
Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Puerto Rico, 1981
  • MS, University of Puerto Rico, 1983
  • MA, University of Tennessee, 1985
  • MPhil, Yale University, 1987
  • PhD, Yale University, 1990

Departments

  • Spanish and Portuguese, Core Faculty
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • Renaissance and Baroque Spanish literature
  • gender studies
Rkia Cornell
P2686546
Senior Lecturer

Departments

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty
Vincent Cornell
P9566167
Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Education

  • BS, University of California, Berkeley, 1974
  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 1989

Departments

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty
Kevin Corrigan
P0798432
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities

Education

  • BA, Lancaster University, 1975
  • MA, Dalhousie University, 1977
  • PhD, Dalhousie University, 1980

Departments

  • Institute of the Liberal Arts, Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • classics and classical studies
  • philosophy
  • history of ideas
  • Platonic and neo-Platonic thought
  • literature
  • religion
  • mysticism
  • medieval studies
  • Latin at Oxford
Pamela Hall
P9580209
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Dallas, 1982
  • MA, Vanderbilt University, 1985
  • PhD, Vanderbilt University, 1987

Departments

  • Religion, Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • religion and women's studies
  • ethics and feminist thought
  • philosophy and women's studies
Ann Hartle
P0022042
Professor

Education

  • BA, St. Francis College, 1970
  • PhD, City University of New York, 1976

Departments

  • Philosophy, Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • the nature of philosophy
  • philosophical anthropology
James Morey
P1406647
Professor

Education

  • BA, Hamilton College, 1983
  • MA, Cornell University, 1987
  • PhD, Cornell University, 1990

Departments

  • English, Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • Old English language and literature
  • medieval literature
Gordon Newby
P9733863
Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Utah, 1962
  • MA, Brandeis University, 1964
  • PhD, Brandeis University, 1966

Departments

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty
Elizabeth Pastan
P8067551
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Smith College, 1977
  • MA, Columbia University, 1979
  • PhD, Brown University, 1986

Departments

  • Art History, Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • medieval and Islamic art and architecture
Harry Rusche
P2541953
Professor

Departments

  • English, Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • Renaissance literature
Sharon Strocchia
P6046236
Professor

Education

  • BA, Stanford University, 1972
  • MA, University of California, Berkeley, 1973
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1981

Departments

  • History, Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • social and cultural history of Renaissance Italy
Garth Tissol
P2224502
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley, 1974
  • MA, University of Washington, 1976
  • MA, University of California, Berkeley, 1980
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1988

Departments

  • Classics, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • Latin literature
  • Hellenistic poetry
  • English literature
Eric Varner
P1884671
Associate Professor

Education

  • AB, Princeton University, 1985
  • MPhil, Yale University, 1988
  • PhD, Yale University, 1993

Departments

  • Classics, Core Faculty
  • Art History, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • art history
  • classics
  • Roman art and archeology

Courses

Various departments and divisions offer courses dealing with the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Participating departments in Emory College of Arts and Sciences include Art History, Classics, English, French and Italian, German, History, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Russian Studies, and Spanish.

Latin
LAT 320: Medieval Latin
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An introduction to Latin of the medieval world, including grammar and readings in a variety of texts from the fourth to thirteenth centuries.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
English
ENG 255: British Literature Before 1660
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Readings in English literature written up to 1660, with attention to cultural and historical backgrounds.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
ENG 301: Beowulf
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
ENG 300: Old Eng Language & Literature
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
LING 362: Beowulf
Course Description

The earliest English epic, read in the original language.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
ENG 304: Chaucer
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Readings in The Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde, and selected other works.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
ENG 310: Medieval & Renaissance Drama
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Representative medieval, Elizabethan, and Jacobean plays with some attention to the development of early English drama.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
ENG 360: The English Language
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
LING 360: The English Language
Course Description

Structure and history of the English language.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Art History
ARTHIST 232: Monastery&Cathedral,900-1300
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Arts of the Romanesque and Gothic period, including architecture, sculpture, stained glass, and manuscript illumination. Major topics include the revival of monumental sculpture, the cult of relics, the rise of urban centers, and the development of a stone-vaulted architecture.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 241: Northern Renaissance Art
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Innovations in painting and sculpture of Germany and the Low Countries between 1400 and 1600; emphasis on methods of verisimilar imitation, on art as an instrument of soul formation, on the rise of new pictorial genres.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 339R: Spec Stud:Medieval Art Hist
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Topics include: Medieval Monumental Stained Glass, Hagiography,and Manuscript Illumination. May be repeated for credit when topic changes, up to a maximum of twelve hours.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 340: Gothic Art And Architecture
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The Gothic cathedral has been portrayed as a symbol of the Heavenly Jerusalem, a masterpiece of structural engineering, the reflection of Scholastic ideals, and a visual Bible for the poor. This course will explore all aspects of this artistic endeavor, with an emphasis on French monuments of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 349: Spec Stud:Renaissance Art Hist
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Topics in Italian or Northern art, ranging from Giotto to Pieter Bruegel. From artistic centers such as Florence, Rome, and Venice, to Bruges, Antwerp, and Haarlem. May be repeated for credit when topic changes up to a maximum of twelve hours.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
History
HIST 303: History Of Byzantine Empire
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

History of the Byzantine Empire from Justinian to the fall of Constantinople in 1453. Explores artistic, religious, and political achievements of one of the most magnificent and little-known civilizations in the Western tradition.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150

Honors Program

See “Honors Program” under the curriculum section of the catalog and consult the department for further details.

For more information, see Honors Program | Academic Policies & Regulations.