Renaissance Florence 1350-1550 (HIH1612)
|Staff||Dr Hester Schadee - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 2: 11 weeks;|
The primary aim of the module is to introduce you to the types of sources available to historians of early modern Europe. You will work with, and discuss the merits and limitations of, sources as diverse as taxation and marriage records, wills, laws, political speeches, humanist literature, art, architectural plans and buildings. On this basis, furthermore, you will gain an understanding of interlocking facets of Florentine society, political developments in the city and its territory, and the ground-breaking art and literature that Renaissance Florence produced.
The modules’ short writing assignments and self-assessment prepare you for academic writing and hone your critical reading skills, while a group presentation allows you to practise presenting your work to your peers in a friendly setting.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Assess the nature of a range of different sources used for the study of Renaissance Florence.
- 2. Discuss their uses and limitations for answering different historical questions.
- 3. Identify key themes in the history and historiography of Renaissance Florence.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Articulate, using Florence as example, a number of current issues and approaches in early modern social, cultural, political and intellectual history.
- 5. Select and evaluate primary sources relevant to various topics, arguments and approaches in early modern history.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. Conduct independent study and self-assessment.
- 7. Work with other students in a team.
- 8. Present work orally, respond to questions orally, and engage constructively with the work presented by other students.
- 9. Produce a cogent, well-structured and well-written argument to a very tight word-length and strict deadline.
We will begin the module by reading and discussing a number of sources that indicate how the (or rather, some) Florentines viewed themselves and their city from the late fourteenth to the early sixteenth century. In the following weeks, we examine sources pertaining to different aspects of Florentine society that confirm, modify or contradict these self-presentations, examining topics such as politics, the state, social relationships, marriage and the family.
Over the course of the module you will read, view and write about sources such as taxation and marriage records, wills, laws, political speeches, humanist literature, art, architectural plans and buildings.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||2||2 hour lecture: introduction to module|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||20||10 x 2 hour seminars. During each seminar a different group of 3-4 students presents on a particular set of sources, which is followed by a class discussion. We then carefully work through the sources set for that week together. Additional sources may be issued in the class. The lecturer will also use the time to introduce issues for the following week.|
|Guided independent study||128||Students prepare for the session through reading and research; write a weekly source essay, and prepare one group presentation in the course of the term.|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Group presentation (3-4 students)||10-15 minutes||1-5, 7-8||Oral|
|Lowest mark from portfolio of 5 source commentaries||500 words||1-6, 9||Marks and written comments|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|4 highest marks from portfolio of 5 source commentaries||60||2000 words (500 per commentary) (15% per commentary)||1-6, 9||Mark and written comments.|
|Essay on Sources||40||1500 words||1-6, 9||Mark and written comments.|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|4 highest marks from portfolio of 5 source commentaries||4 highest marks from portfolio of 5 source commentaries||1-6, 9||Referral/deferral period|
|1500 word essay||1500 word essay||1-6, 9||Referral/deferral period|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Atkinson, N. (2013) 'The Republic of Sound: Listening to Florence at the Threshold of the Renaissance', I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance 16, 1/2, 57-84
Connell, W. and A. Zorzi, eds (2004) Florentine Tuscany. Cambridge: Cambridge U Press
Connel, W. (2002) Society and Individual in Renaissance Florence. Berkely and Los Angeles: U of California Press
Crum, R. and J. Paoletti (2008) Renaissance Florence. A Social History. Cambridge: Cambridge U Press
Gamberini, A., and I. Lazzarini, eds (2012) The Italian Renaissance State. Cambridge: Cambridge U Press
Goldthwaite, R. (2008) The Economy of Renaissance Florence. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins U Press
Hankins, J. (1991) 'The Humanist, the Banker and the Condottiere: an unpublished letter of Cosimo and Lorenzo de'Medici written by Leonardo Bruni', Renaissance Society and Culture: Essays in Honor of Eugene F. Rice, Jr., eds. J. Monfasani and R. Musto. New York, 59-70
Jurdjevic, M. (1999) 'Civic Humanism and the Rise of the Medici', Renaissance Quarterly 52, 4, 994-1020
Kent, F. (2013) Princely citizen: Lorenzo de' Medici and Renaissance Florence. Turnhout: Brepols
Klapisch-Zuber, C. (1985) Women, Family and Ritual in Renaissance Italy. Chicago: U of Chicago Press
Lee Rubin, P. (2007) Images and Identity in Fifteenth Century Florence. New Haven, CT: Yale U Press
Molho, A. (1994) Marriage Alliance in Late Medieval Florence. Cambridge, MA: Harvard U Press
Muir, E. and R. Weissman (1989) 'Social and Symbolic Places in Renaissance Venice and Florence', in The Power of Place: Bringing together Geographical and Sociological Imaginations, ed. J. Agnew and J. Duncan. New Haven, CT: Yale U Press
Najemy, J. (1991) 'Dialogue of Power in Florentine Politics', in City-States in Classical Antiquity and Medieval Italy, eds A. Molho, K. Raaflaub, and J. Emlen. Ann Arbor, MI, 269-288
Partridge, L. (2009) The Art of Renaissance Florence 1400-1600. U of California Press
Ruggiero, G. (2014) The Renaissance in Italy. A Social and Cultural History of the Rinascimento. Cambridge: Cambridge U Press
Saalman, H. (1996) The Transformation of Buildings and the City in the Renaissance 1300-1550: a Graphic Introduction. New York: Astrion Publishing
Trexler, R. (1980, repr. 1991) Public Life in Renaissance Florence, Studies in Social Discontinuity. Academic Press, 1980. Reprinted: Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press
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