Medieval History, History of Christianity and Churches [Sede VR] (2016/2017)

Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
STORIA DEL CRISTIANESIMO E DELLE CHIESE 6 M-STO/07-HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY AND OF CHURCHES Sem. IB Mariaclara Rossi
STORIA MEDIEVALE 6 M-STO/01-MEDIEVAL HISTORY Sem. IA (31.10.16 sosp.lezioni), Sem. IB Marco Stoffella

Learning outcomes

Module: STORIA DEL CRISTIANESIMO E DELLE CHIESE
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develop the abilities to analyse sources and historiography by identifying the intricacy of historical problems; examine methodologies and tools of the historical-religious research applying solid paths of investigation.


Module: STORIA MEDIEVALE
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The aim of this course is to give students methodological skills and research techniques in order to enable them to develop an autonomous critical study and a research in the history of Europe in the Middle Ages, with a special attention to the social history of Italy in the Carolingian and post-Carolingian period.
Students will be introduced to the major issues of political and social history in Italy during the Carolingian and post-Carolingian period through the discussion of historiography, the study of original sources and the analysis of some case studies. Special attention will be devoted to some areas of the Italian peninsula, which will be also compared with some other regions of central-northern Europe. The course will stress similarities and differences in the formation of political and social organization in Europe between 8th and 11th century, with a special attention to the development of local societies in the same period, and in particular to the roles played by local clergy and local officers in this processes.

Syllabus

Module: STORIA DEL CRISTIANESIMO E DELLE CHIESE
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Prerequisites: basic knowledge of Latin language; basic knowledge of history of Christianity, ecclesiastic institutions and religious life from the origins to 15th century, epistemological bases of the discipline.

Syllabus: Church and Women in the Christian West (Ancient and Middle Ages).
The course aims to investigate bibliography and sources (some example of documentary, literary, hagiographic sources) concerning the relationship, sometimes very problematic, between Christian religion and women from the origin of Christianity to Late Middle Ages. Together with the evolution and historical development of that relationship some thematic itineraries, exemplifying the attendance / exclusion of women from the life of the Church, will be presented.

Reference books for all students:

A. Valerio, Donne Chiesa. Una storia di genere, Roma 2016.

R. Guarnieri, Donne e Chiesa tra mistiche e istituzioni (secoli XIII-XV), Roma 2004.

One reading among the following:

B. Selene Zorzi, “Al di là del genio femminile”. Donne e genere nella teologia cristiana, Roma 2015 (reference book for NOT attending students).

-J. Dalarun, La donna vista dai chierici, in Storia delle donne, a cura di G. Duby e M. Pierrot: Il medioevo, a cura di C. Klapisch-Zuber, Roma-Bari 1990, pp. 24-55.

-J. Dalarun, Francesco: un passaggio. Donna e donne negli scritti e nelle leggende di Francesco d’Assisi, Prefazione di G. Miccoli, Roma 1994.

-P. L’Hermite-Leclercq, L’Église et les femmes dans l’Occident Chrétien des origines à la fin du Moyen Age, Brepols 1997 (chapters to be agreed with the professor).

-Donne cristiane e sacerdozio. Dalle origini all’età contemporanea, cura di D. Corsi, Roma 2004 (chapters to be agreed with the professor).

-C. Lee, La tradizione misogina, in Lo spazio letterario del medioevo; 2. Medioevo volgare, IV L’attualizzazione del testo, Roma 2004, pp. 509-544.

-Le donne nella chiesa e in Italia, a cura di L. Mezzadri, M. Tagliaferri, Cinisello Balsamo 2007 (chapters to be agreed with the professor).

-Donne e bibbia nel medioevo (secoli XII-XV), a cura di K.E. Børresen, A. Valerio, Trapani 2011 (chapters to be agreed with the professor).

-Le donne nello sguardo degli autori cristiani. L’uso dei testi biblici nella costruzione dei modelli femminili e la riflessione teologica dal I al VII secolo, a cura di K.E. Børresen, E. Prinzivalli, Trapani 2013 (chapters to be agreed with the professor).

-D. Lett, Uomini e donne nel medioevo. Storia del genere, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2014. Ed. originale Parigi 2013.


Module: STORIA MEDIEVALE
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Texts: the knowledge of Medieval History is asked; it can be achieved through manuals or introduction to the study of the Medieval History. To those who have a poor knowledge of the Middle Ages I suggest G. Vitolo, Medioevo. I caratteri originali di un’età di transizione, Milano, Sansoni, 2000; for those who already have a good knowledge I recommend R. Bordone, G. Sergi, Dieci secoli di medioevo, Torino, Einaudi, 2009. Students will also be asked to choose at least 7 chapters of the volume Storia Medievale, Roma, Donzelli, 1998 that should be chosen together with the lecturer.
Students will also be asked to chose two books among the following titles: P.J. Geary, Il mito delle nazioni. Le origini medievali dell’Europa, Roma, Carocci, 2009, G. Halsall, Barbarian Migrations and the Roman West (376-568), Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2007; C. Wickham, The Inheritance of Rome. A History of Europe from 400 to 1000, London, Penguin Books, 2010; S. Gasparri, C. La Rocca, Tempi barbarici. L’Europa occidentale tra antichità e medioevo (300-900), Roma, Carocci, 2012; M. Innes, Introduction to Early Medieval Western Europe, 300-900. The Sword, the Plough and the Book, London-New York, Routledge, 2007; S. Gasparri, Italia longobarda. Il regno, i Franchi, il papato, Bari, Laterza, 2012; S. Cosentino, Storia dell’Italia bizantina (VI-XI secolo). Da Giustiniano ai Normanni, Bologna, Bononia University Press, 2008; P. Cammarosano, Storia dell’Italia medievale. Dal VI all’XI secolo, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2001; P. Cammarosano, Nobili e re. L’Italia politica dell’alto medioevo, Bari, Laterza, 1999; J.M.H. Smith, L’Europa dopo Roma, Una nuova storia culturale 500-1000, Bologna, il Mulino, 2008; R. McKitterick, Charlemagne. The formation of a European Identity, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2008; A. Barbero, Carlo Magno Un padre dell’Europa, Bari, Laterza, 2000; M. Costambeys, M. Innes, S. MacLean, The Carolingian World, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011; S. Patzold, C. van Rhijn (eds.), Men in the Middle. Local Priests in early Medieval Europe, Berlin, De Gruyter, 2016; H. Keller, Gli Ottoni. Una dinastia imperiale fra Europa e Italia (secc. X e XI), Roma, Carocci, 2012; L. Provero, L’Italia dei poteri locali. Secoli X-XII, Roma, Carocci, 1998; G. Albertoni, L. Provero, Il feudalesimo in Italia, Roma, Carocci, 2003; N. D’Acunto, ‪L'età dell'obbedienza‬: ‪papato, impero e poteri locali nel secolo XI, Napoli, Liguori, 2007. Further bibliography and/or didactical material or sources will be given by the lecturer during the course and the seminaries that might be planned together with students.

Assessment methods and criteria

Module: STORIA DEL CRISTIANESIMO E DELLE CHIESE
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Teaching methods: lectures in a seminar-type context of reading and analysis of sources (a sylloge of sources will be hand out during the course).

Auxiliary teaching activities: seminars, congresses, conferences on the history of Christianity suggested by the Professor.

Evaluation criteria: oral examination.


Module: STORIA MEDIEVALE
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Oral examination. For those who will not attend the lectures, an additional book must be chosen together with the lecturer.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
B. Selene Zorzi "Al di là del genio femminile". Donne e genere nella teologia cristiana Carocci 2015
Dinora Corsi (a cura di) Donne cristiane e sacerdozio Viella 2004
K.E. Børresen, A. Valerio Donne e bibbia nel medioevo (secoli XII-XV) (Edizione 2011) Il Pozzo di Giacobbe 2011
Romana Guarnieri Donne e Chiesa tra mistiche e istituzioni (secoli XIII-XV) 2004
Adriana Valerio Donne e Chiesa. Una storia di genere Carocci 2016
J. Dalarun La donna vista dai chierici 1990
C. Lee La tradizione misogina Salerno 2004
L. Mezzadri, M. Tagliaferri ( a cura di) Le donne nella Chiesa e in Italia 2007
K.E. Børresen, E. Prinzivalli (a cura di) Le donne nello sguardo degli autori cristiani. L’uso dei testi biblici nella costruzione dei modelli femminili e la riflessione teologica dal I al VII secolo Il Pozzo di Giacobbe 2013
P. L'Hermite-Leclercq L’Église et les femmes dans l’Occident Chrétien des origines à la fin du Moyen Age Brepols 1997