Postgraduate Course: Medieval and Renaissance Italy: Texts, Objects and Practices (HIAR11058)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course is designed for postgraduate students interested in research in Medieval and Renaissance Europe in general, and Italy in particular. It will be taught intensively (approximately four hours a day) over one week, normally in the middle of semester 2. There will be one class with the Course Directors in Edinburgh before the course starts, and one after for additional work. Classroom sessions will take place in the Monash University Centre in Prato (when visiting Florence), or in the Centro Don Orione in Venice (near the Accademia). The majority of teaching, though will take place on site in archives, museums, and galleries of Florence and Venice.
The emphasis during the course will be to study in detail and at first hand a range of texts and artefacts written during the later medieval and renaissance periods in Italy. Some may be canonical in medieval and renaissance studies generally - for instance Dante's Divine Comedy, Machiavelli's The Prince, or Botticelli's Birth of Venus; others may be less well known - vernacular letters, diaries and sermons for example, or renaissance costume, furniture and scientific instruments in institutions such as the museum of domestic life in the Palazzo Davanzati or Museum of the History of Science. As well as the major Florentine and Venetian museums, this unit will also include an introduction to archival work, and an opportunity for students to study original archival documents if they wish to.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Students are responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements, and this cost should also be considered when choosing the course
Course Delivery Information
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| Students who successfully complete this unit:
1. Will have a thorough knowledge of the text(s) or artefact(s) chosen for study.
2. Will have gained an understanding of different genres of text and object circulating in Medieval and Renaissance Italy.
3. Will have received an introduction in core skills for Medieval and Renaissance research with respect to archives, manuscripts and palaeography.
4. Will have developed a capacity to analyse the processes which underpinned the construction of particular texts.
5. Will have developed the capacity to detect the resonances of language, iconography and code embedded in particular texts and their relationship to social context.
6. Will have developed the capacity to read 'against the grain' in relation to the Medieval and Renaissance Italian social, political and social contexts.
7. Will be able to engage in critical discussion of texts and objects in relation to the urban context of Italian Medieval and Renaissance Society.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Genevieve Warwick
Tel: (0131 6)50 4111
|Course secretary||Miss Lizzie Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5852