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Postgraduate Course: Decentering Medieval and Renaissance Italy (ELCI11008)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryDecentering Medieval and Renaissance Italy explores how cultural, religious, and social identities were formed within and beyond its major centres of power, legal and religious institutions, and mainstream forms of artistic representation. This interdisciplinary course examines and contextualises discourses on topics such as religion and morality, gender and sexuality, race and exotic otherness, individualism and community building in Italian culture. By drawing upon intermediality and decolonial studies, this course offers a unique approach to these topics, providing students with new tools to interpret Italian Medieval and Renaissance Culture.
Course description Decentering Medieval and Renaissance Italy is taught in two weekly hours that combine lectures, seminars, and, occasionally, laboratories. It explores the formation of cultural, religious, and social identities, by considering centres of power, legal and religious institutions, and mainstream forms of artistic representation, as well as margins, peripheries, interstitial cultural spaces, and distant perspectives (in time and space). It is organised as follows: Medieval and Renaissance Italy: Discourses and Centres of Power (wks 1-2), Methods of Intermediality and Decolonial Studies (wk 3), Beyond Florence (wks 4-5), Beyond Christianity (wks 6-7), Beyond Heroes and Heroines (wks 8-9), Beyond Medieval and Renaissance Italy: Modern and Contemporary Remakes (wk 10), Submissions Preparation and Delivery (wks 11-12) for a total of 20 engagement hours. This is an interdisciplinary course where students engage with a variety of literary, philosophical, and political texts, as well as with painting, sculpture, decorative and performative arts. Students are taught how to develop an intermedia methodology and build a critical narrative across arts and media. Decentering Medieval and Renaissance Italy is open to all students eligible for Levels 10 and 11 study at Edinburgh. The course is taught in English.¿
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  3
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework divided as follows:«br /»
30% Laboratory and Seminar Work, including Individual and Group Presentations 70% Final Essay/Other Media Essay
Feedback Students receive individual and group feedback for all coursework components.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of Italian Medieval and Renaissance culture;
  2. Develop and use intermedia and decolonial studies skills to further knowledge and understanding both as part of team work and for individual study;
  3. Demonstrate "nely honed communication, presentation, and interaction skills in a manner consistent with academic standards and conventions;
  4. Demonstrate autonomy and initiative, carry out independent research under tutor guidance, lead seminar and practice-led activities, and show awareness of team roles and responsibilities
  5. Demonstrate critical analysis and essay writing skills
Learning Resources
ABULAFIA, David. 2004 (Ed.), Italy in the Central Middle Ages 1000-1300. Oxford: OUP
BIRK, Joshua C. 2016. Norman Kings of Sicily and the Rise of the Anti-Islamic Critique. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
BLOCH, R. H. 1991. Medieval Misogyny and the Invention of Western Romantic Love. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
BORNSTEIN, Daniel, and Roberto Rusconi (eds.). 1996. Women and Religion in Medieval and Renaissance Italy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
BOSWELL, Joseph. 1992. Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
CASILLO, Robert. 2006. The Empire of Stereotypes. NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
DUBY, Dunnett. 1994. Love and Marriage in the Middle Ages. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
HANNAN, Leonie, LONGAIR, Sara. 2017. History Through Material Culture. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
HENG, Geraldine. 2018. The invention of race in the European Middle Ages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. HOWTING, Gerald (Ed). 2005. Muslims, Mongols and Crusaders. London: Routledge.
KALMAR, Ivan. 2012. Early Orientalism: Imagined Islam and the notion of sublime power. London: Routledge
LARNER, J. 1980. Italy in the Age of Dante and Petrarch. London: 1980
LOWE, Kate. 2005. Black Africans in Renaissance Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge UP.
MOORE, R.I. 2007.The formation of a persecuting society. London: Blackwell.
NAJEMI, JOHN (ed), Italy in the Age of Renaissance. 1300-1550. Oxford: OU
SAID, Edward. 2003. Orientalism. Western Conceptions of the Orient. London: Penguin.
SANTE, Matte (ed). 2001. ItaliAfrica: Bridging Continents and Cultures. Stony Brook, New York: Forum Italicum Publishing.
SCHAUS, Margaret (ed). 2006. Women and Gender in Medieval Europe. An Encyclopedia, edited by Margaret C. Shaus. New York: Routledge.
STOW, K. R. 1992. Alienated Minority: The Jews of Medieval Latin Europe.
ZAMUDIO, Margaret, Christopher Russell, Francisco Rios, and Jacquelyn L. Bridge-man. 2011. Critical Race Theory Matters: Education and Ideology. Routledge: 2011
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills curiosity for learning that makes a positive di!erence courage to expand and ful"l their potential
passion to engage locally and globally
creative problem solving
critical and re#ective thinking
skilled communication
research and enquiry
personal and intellectual autonomy
personal e!ectiveness
KeywordsMiddle Ages,Renaissance,Italian culture,Decolonisation,Intermediality,Medieval Italy
Course organiserDr Emanuela Patti
Course secretaryMs June Cahongo
Tel: (0131 6)50 3620
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