Hystory of Christianity and of the Churches (p) (2020/2021)

Course code
4S000703
Name of lecturer
Mariaclara Rossi
Coordinator
Mariaclara Rossi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
M-STO/07 - HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY AND OF CHURCHES
Language of instruction
Italian
Location
VERONA
Period
CuCi IIB dal Apr 14, 2021 al May 29, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to deepen the methodological and cultural basis for investigating the role of the history of Christianity in the wider context of Western history.

Syllabus

Course Content
Changing features of the Marian Cult in the Ancient and Medieval Church
Starting from the long history of dogmatic developments and the controversies that surrounded the figure of Mary and her cult during the centuries of Christianity, the course will shed light on a few key moments in the complex religious, theological and cultural history of the medieval Marian cult. We will in fact examine the theological reflections that came out of monasteries in the XI –XIII centuries and the development of mendicant orders around the figure of Mary. Finally, our attention will turn to the way the Marian cult was received in religious contexts by women and men during the Middle Ages.

Teaching methods
For students attending the course the main teaching methods will be the traditional lecture, interspersed with seminar type discussions where students will have an opportunity to raise particular questions and issues. In the advanced course there will also be a mid-course evaluation consisting of a paper/presentation to be given by the student on the topics developed in the lectures. During the lectures a collection of sources will be distributed and examined which will constitute part of the programme. Other bibliographic references useful for an exploration of the topic will be provided over the course of the lectures.
Activities supporting the teaching: seminars, meetings and conferences on the topics of Christianity recommended or organized by the teacher.




Required reading for students attending the course:

-Adriana Valerio, Maria di Nazaret. Storia, tradizioni, dogmi, Bologna 2017.
-Kari Elisabeth Børresen, Maria nel medioevo fra antropologia e teologia, Trapani, Il Pozzo di Giacobbe, 2019.
-Maria. Testi teologici e spirituali dal I al XX secolo, a cura della Comunità di Bose, con un saggio introduttivo di E. Bianchi, Milano 2000.
-Gli studi di mariologia medievale. Bilancio storiografico. Atti del primo convegno mariologico della Fondazione Ezio Franceschini con la collaborazione della Biblioteca Palatina e del dipartimento di storia dell’Università di Parma (Parma, 7-8 novembre 1997), a cura di C.M. Piastra, Tavarnuzze, Firenze, 2001 (contributions: Franco A. Dal Pino and Laura Gaffuri)
-G. Cracco, Alle origini dei santuari mariani: il caso di Loreto, in Loreto crocevia religioso tra Italia, Europa e Oriente, a cura di F. Citterio e L. Vaccaro, Vago di Lavagno, Verona, 1997, pp. 97-164.
-M.C. Rossi, Il culto mariano a Verona, secoli XIV e XV. Prime ricerche, in Santa Maria della Scala. La grande fabbrica dei Servi di Maria. Storia, trasformazioni, conservazione, Vicenza 2006, pp. 79-98.

Required reading for students not attending the course:

-Adriana Valerio, Maria di Nazaret. Storia, tradizioni, dogmi, Bologna 2017.
-Kari Elisabeth Børresen, Maria nel medioevo fra antropologia e teologia, Trapani, Il Pozzo di Giacobbe, 2019.
-Gli studi di mariologia medievale. Bilancio storiografico. Atti del primo convegno mariologico della Fondazione Ezio Franceschini con la collaborazione della Biblioteca Palatina e del dipartimento di storia dell’Università di Parma (Parma, 7-8 novembre 1997), a cura di C.M. Piastra, Tavarnuzze, Firenze, 2001 (contributions: Franco A. Dal Pino and Laura Gaffuri)
-K. Schreiner, Vergine, madre, regina. I volti di Maria nell’universo cristiano, Roma, Donzelli, 1994

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
(a cura di ) C.M. Piastra Gli studi di mariologia medievale. Bilancio storiografico Tavarnuzze 2001
(a cura di F. Citterio, L. Vaccaro Loreto crocevia religioso tra Italia, Europa e Oriente 1997
Adriana Valerio Maria di Nazaret. Storia, dogmi, tradizioni. Il Mulino 2017
Kari Elisabeth Borresen Maria nel medioevo fra antropologia e teologia Il Pozzo di Giacobbe 2019
K. Schreiner Vergine, madre, regina. I volti di maria nell'universo cristiano Donzelli 1994

Assessment methods and criteria

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and in accordance with the University of Verona guidelines, during the 2020 summer session the assessment modality will be modified as follows: online oral exam.

Examination methods: oral interviews
The oral exam will be an interview covering the topics that were dealt with during the lectures and expanded on in the study manuals. The interview will aim to determine:
-the students’ knowledge of the topic,
-their ability to use a specialised language,
-their ability to make connections between various arguments and to argue points in an appropriate manner
-their ability to read, contextualize and interpret a source