Graduate Courses

Winter 2019


ARABIC 250 – Seminar: Premodern Arabic Literature
Seminar: Sem 1
Instructor(s): Cooperson, M.D.
Course Description: Seminar, three hours. Readings in Arabic texts from variety of periods and genres, along with appropriate secondary literature. Topics include pre-Islamic poetry and oratory, Qur’an, Umayyad and Abbasid poetry and literary prose, Hadith and Fiqh, historiography, biography, geography, medicine, mathematics, theology, asceticism, and mysticism. May be repeated for maximum of 24 units. S/U or letter grading. Units: 4

ARMENIA 231A – Intermediate Classical Armenian
Lecture: Lec 1
Instructor: Cowe, P.S.
Course Description: Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 230C. Intensive review of grammar and reading of select prose and poetic texts. May be taken independently for credit. Letter grading. Units: 4

Art History
ART HIS 217C – Medieval Art: Streets and Urban Spaces
Seminar: Sem 1
Instructor: Cohen, M.M.
Course Description:  (Formerly numbered 225.) Seminar, two hours. Studies in selected topics in Byzantine and European medieval art. May be repeated for credit with consent of adviser. S/U or letter grading.
Class Description: Study looks at pathways/streets and spaces/places in urban centers, focusing on (but not limited to) pre-modern cities such as Rome, Paris, and Venice. Examination of how these areas come into existence, are defined, and are used and experienced. Discussion of how to frame these seemingly intangible subjects within art/architectural-historical discourse. Reading fis theoretical and historical. Students produce final papers on street/city space of their choice (past or present). Units: 4

ART HIS 217D – Byzantine Art, Architecture, and Archaeology
Seminar: Sem 1
Instructor: Gerstel, S.E.
Course Description: Seminar, two hours. Selected topics in Byzantine art and architecture. May be repeated for credit with consent of adviser. S/U or letter grading.Units: 4

ART HIS C239C – Inca Art and Architecture
Lecture: Lec 1
Instructor: Nair, S.E.
Course Description: Lecture, three hours. Exploration of art, architecture, and urbanism of Incas from their empire’s height in late 15th century to their political and cultural fragmentation during Spanish occupation of Andes (1532 to 1824). Concurrently scheduled with course C139C. S/U or letter grading. Units: 4

ART HIS C240A – Selected Topics in Arts of Indigenous Americas
Lecture: Lec 1
Instructor(s): Nair, S.E.
Course Description: Lecture, three hours. Inca Architecture, Landscape, and Gender. Concurrently scheduled with course C140. P/NP or letter grading. Units: 4

ART HIS C248B – Art and Material Culture of Early Imperial China, 210 B.C. to A.D. 906
Lecture: Lec 1
Instructor: Von Falkenhausen
Course Description: (Formerly numbered C261B.) Lecture, three hours. Palaces and tombs of early imperial dynasties, impact of Buddhist art (cave temples), rise of new media and technologies. Concurrently scheduled with course C148B. S/U or letter grading. Units: 4

ENGL 247 – Shakespeare
Lecture: Lec 1
Instructor: Little, A.L
Course Description: Lecture, three hours. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading. Units: 4

FRNCH 217 – 17th Century
Lecture: Lec 1
Instructor: Stefanovska, M.
Course Description: Lecture, three hours. Readings in 17th-century literature studied within historical, cultural, and literary contexts. S/U or letter grading. Units: 4

Islamic Studies
ISLM ST 200 – Introduction to Islamic Studies
Seminar: Sem 1
Instructor: Sayeed, A.
Course Description: Seminar, three hours. Introduction to various disciplines and methods employed in study of Islamic histories, cultures, and societies, with special emphasis on methodologies and current theories and how they may be used and combined by Islamic studies students. Content varies each year. Letter grading. Units: 4

Islamic Studies (ISLM ST)
ISLM ST 291A – Variable Topics in Islamic Studies: Premodern Islamic Social and Intellectual History
Seminar: Sem 1
Instructor: Yarbrough, L.B.
Course Description: Seminar, three hours. Selected topics on Islam. May be repeated for credit with topic change. S/U or letter grading.
Class Description: Guided readings in sources and secondary debates that are important to individual student’s research interests. Special focus on Arabic sources for premodern Islamic social and intellectual history. Interested students should contact instructor in advance, at, to discuss texts and/or topics.

PHILOS 206 – Topics in Medieval Philosophy
Lecture: Lec 1
Instructors: Normore, C.G. ; Crager, A.D.
Course Description: Lecture, four hours. Study of philosophy and theology of one or several medieval philosophers such as Augustine, Anselm, Abelard, Aquinas, Scotus, or Ockham or study of single area such as logic or theory of knowledge in several medieval philosophers. Topics announced each term. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. S/U or letter grading. Units: 4

PHILOS C210 – Spinoza
Lecture: Lec 1
Instructor: Carriero, J.P.
Course Description: Lecture, three hours. Selected topics in philosophy of Spinoza. May be concurrently scheduled with course C110, in which case there is two-hour biweekly discussion meeting, plus additional readings and longer term paper for graduate students. S/U or letter grading. Units: 4

PORTGSE M205A – Development of Portuguese and Spanish Languages
Lecture: Lec 1
Instructor(s): Quicoli, A.C.
Course Description: (Same as Spanish M205A.) Lecture, three hours. Intensive study of historical development of Portuguese and Spanish languages from their origin in spoken Latin. Units: 4

SCAND C271 – Introduction to Scandinavian Folklore
Seminar: Sem 1
Instructor: Tangherlini, T.R.
Course Description: Seminar, three hours. Preparation: advanced knowledge of one modern Scandinavian language. Introduction to fairy tales and legends of Scandinavian tradition as well as to interpretive methodologies that strive to answer question why do people tell stories that they tell? Concurrently scheduled with course C171. Letter grading. Units: 4

SPAN 262B – Studies in Medieval Spanish Literature
Instructor: Dagenais, J.C.
Class Description: Seminar on “Iberia and the Troubadours (with an Introduction to Old Occitan).” This seminar will examine two key moments in the relationship between the Iberian Peninsula and early lyric poetry of the Old Occitan troubadours.  In addition, the course will provide an introduction to the Old Occitan language, so this is an excellent opportunity for all students of medieval lyric to learn this important medieval language and its literature.

  • We will explore the “Arab theory” for the origins of troubadour verse (and competing theories): the idea that most of the motifs and imagery, and perhaps the music itself are of Islamicate rather than European origin and arrived in Occitania from Al-Andalus and the rich civilization of Islamic Spain.
  • We will examine the reflexes of this poetry as it is re-exported from Occitania to various areas of the Christian Iberian Peninsula some centuries later: the Catalan troubadors (who wrote in Occitan, and who also produced the first grammars of Old Occitan), the Galician-Portuguese reception of troubadour verse in their own lyric language, the troubadours drawn from far and wide to the court of Alfonso the Wise in the thirteenth century, and the so-called “troubadour revival” in fifteenth-century Castile.

The first weeks of the course will be devoted, in part, to a study of the grammar and vocabulary of Old Occitan as well as verse forms, motifs, and genres through the works of the classic poets of the tradition such as Bernart de Ventadorn, Jaufré Rudel, Arnaut Daniel and others.

Knowledge of another Romance language strongly recommended.  Course will be taught in English. Units: 4

SPAN 296 – Graduate Research Group
Research Group Meeting: Rgp 2
Instructor(s): Dagenais, J.C.
Course Description: Research group meeting, two hours. Limited to graduate students. Designed to bring together graduate students in seminar setting with one or more faculty members to discuss and critique individual research projects, especially dissertation research. S/U grading.
Class Description: Graduate Research Group on “Reading Manuscripts (and Early Printed Books)” in Winter and Spring quarters. Students can bring their specific projects and we can work on them as a group, or, depending on group needs, work with materials provided by the instructor. This will be a practicum rather than a course in ‘paleography.’ Students will learn practical skills and tools for reading and transcribing manuscript hands and learn the basic elements that structure physical medieval and early modern books. The seminar is open to any projects with manuscripts using the Roman alphabet, with an initial focus on those written or printed in Latin, Romance or English. We will also take a look at the use of Hebrew and/or Arabic writing systems in the writing of Romance texts (“aljamiado writing”) if there is interest in these topics. Units: 2