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SCHEDULE OF ASSIGNMENTS
16. Jan. Orientations
23. Jan. Roman Period, I.

Suetonius, “ Life of Augustus,” in Edwards, trans., Lives of the Twelve Caesars, pp.

Gospel of John (Bible)

Gospel of Mary, in Robinson, The Nag Hammadi Library in English, pp. 471-473.



NB: From the beginning of the semester, students should begin to consider possible topics for term papers. Abstracts of papers will be presented during the fifth and sixth weeks of the term. Parts of class sessions will be devoted to this discussion.
30. Jan. Roman Period, II

Athanasius, “Life of Athanasius,” in Gregg, Athanasius, pp. 29-79.

Gregory of Nyssa, “Life of St. Macrina,” in Petersen, Handmaids of the Lord, pp. 51-86.
6. Feb. Early Medieval Period, I

Bede the Venerable, A History of the English Church and People, Book 4, cc. 21-24 (Hilda); Book 5, cc. 15-20 (Wilfrid), pp. 243-253, 299-314.

Einhard, “Life of Charlemagne,” in Dutton, Charlemagne’s Courtier, pp. 15-39.

Janet Nelson, “Did Charlemagne Have a Private Life?,” in Bates et all., Writing Medieval Biography, 750-1250, pp. 15-28.


13. Feb. Early Medieval Period, II

Anonymous, “Life of St. Clotilde,” in McNamara et all., Sainted Women of the Dark Ages, pp. 38-50.

Gregory of Tours, History of the Franks, Book 2, prol. - Book 4.1, pp. 101-197.

Anonymous, Encomium Emmae Reginae; Epitaph of Adelheid, in Giles, ed., Queenship and Sanctity, pp. 71-87 (The “Older Life” of Queen Mathilda), 128-143 (Odilo of Cluny, The Epitaph of Adelheid).

Pauline Stafford, “Writing the Biography of Eleventh-Century Queens,” in Bates et all., Writing Medieval Biography, 750-1250, pp. 99-110.

20. February. Twelfth-Century Renaissance, I

Anonymous, “The Life of the Emperor Henry IV,” in Mommsen and Morrison, Imperial Lives and Letters, pp. 101-137.

Jay Rubenstein, “Biography and Autobiography in the Middle Ages,” in Partner, Writing Medieval History, pp. 22-41.


NB: During the fifth and sixth weeks of the term, we will begin to discuss proposals for individual research topics. The topics are to be set down as written abstracts, and presented orally with some detail at class sessions during those weeks.

27. Feb. Twelfth-Century Renaissance, II

Guibert of Nogent, A Monk’s Confession.

Nancy Partner, “The Hidden Self: Psychoanalysis and the Textual Unconscious,” in Partner, ed., Writing Medieval History, pp. 42-64.


6. Mar. Twelfth-Century Renaissance, III

Herman-Judah, “A Short Account of His Own Conversion,” in Morrison, Conversion and Text, pp. 76-113.


10.-18. March. SPRING RECESS.
20. March. Twelfth-Century Renaissance, IV

Anonymous, The Life of Christina of Markyate.


27. March. Twelfth-Century Renaissance, V

Eadmer, Life of St. Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury: preface, Book 1: chapters 1-6, 15-19, 21-22, 30, 33-35; Book 2: chapters 1-2, 4-5, 7-10, 13-14, 17, 20-24, 28-31, 33, 40-50, 54-72; pp. 1-2, 3-11, 24-31, 35-40, 50-54, 59-73, 80-84, 88-89, 91-100, 103-109, 110-112, 117-128, 132-151



Nicholas Vincent, “The Strange Case of the Missing Biographies: The Lives of the Plantagenet Kings of England, 1154-1272,: in Bates et all., Writing Medieval Biography, 750-1250, pp. 237-257.
3. April. No class meeting. Individual Conferences.
10. April. No class meeting. Drafts of research projects are due.
17. April. Class meetings resume.
24. April. Round-table discussion of individual papers. Students should provide each member of the seminar with a copy of their papers two days in advance of this meeting (i. e., no later than 22. April).
The final examination in this course is scheduled for Tuesday, 8. May, 8:00-11:00AM. Though there will be no final examination, the final drafts of term papers are due no later than 11:00AM on 8. May.





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