History Department
History Department

Cheryl Kaufman


PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Lecturer
Cheryl Kaufman

Contact

  • Office: GAR 3.210
  • Office Hours: Spring 2019 office hours: Monday and Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Campus Mail Code: B7000

Interests


Monastic and church reform, Augustinian canons, and material culture in medieval European history

Courses


AHC 310 • Western Civ In Medvl Times

32764 • Fall 2019
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM ASE 1.126
GC

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HIS 306N • Medieval Material Culture

38700 • Spring 2019
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM PAR 203
GC (also listed as AHC 310, R S 315)

This course focuses on the history of medieval Europe primarily through the lens of material culture. In addition to manuscripts, we will explore the significance of several categories of historical artifacts including: art, textiles, reliquaries, architecture, pottery, crowns, and jewelry. We will discuss what we can discover about the production, circulation, reception, historic and geographic context, and the meaning attributed to the materials from which these objects were created. This class explores what these objects reveal about the religious, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of medieval Europe, beyond what we can learn from medieval texts and how these objects may have been experienced in a pre-modern world.
Required texts and sources:
Course Packet available at University Co-op

(Includes primary sources:  Abbot Suger,  “On the Abbey Church of St.-Denis and its Art Treasures”, Paulinus of Nola, "Poem 27", Theophilus, "An Essay on Diverse Arts" and selected readings by Gregory the Great, Augustine and Isidore of Seville. )

Grading:
Map quiz: 5%
Quizzes (cumulative): 20%
Mid-semester exam (cumulative): 20%
Presentation: 15%
Last exam (cumulative): 20%
Attendance: 10%
Class Participation and Presentation Feedback: 10%

HIS 309K • Western Civ In Medieval Times

38795 • Spring 2018
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM BUR 136
GC (also listed as AHC 310, CTI 310)

This course offers an introductory survey of Medieval Western European history, from about 300 to 1500 C.E.  Although primary textual sources are central to the study of history, we will also focus on visual and material sources to discuss the cultural, social, political, economic, and intellectual history of the Middle Ages, with a focus on the formation of identity.  Classes will be a mixture of lecture, discussion, and collaborative assignments. There are no prerequisites for this class or prior knowledge of European history.

 

Required Texts: 

Rosenwein, Barbara, A Short History of the Middle Ages

(2014 single volume, ISBN:978-1-4426-0611-1, paperback)

Augustine, Confessions (translated by F.J. Sheed)

Einhard and Notker the Stammerer, Two Lives of Charlemagne (Penguin Classics, translated by Lewis Thorpe)

The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (translated by Betty Radice)

Grading:

Map quiz: 5%

Quizzes (including pop quizzes): 15%

Mid-semester exams (cumulative): 30% (2 @ 15% each)

Final exam (cumulative): 30%

Attendance: 10%

Class Participation: 10%

HIS 306N • Medieval Material Culture

39205 • Fall 2017
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM GAR 2.112
GC (also listed as AHC 310, R S 315)

This course focuses on the history of medieval Europe primarily through the lens of material culture.  In addition to manuscripts, we will explore the significance of several categories of historical artifacts including: art, textiles, relics and reliquaries, architecture, pottery, crowns, jewelry and seals.  We will discuss what we can discover about the production, circulation, reception, historic and geographic context, and the meaning attributed to the materials from which these objects were created. How would these objects be experienced in a pre-modern world? This class explores what these objects reveal about the religious, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of medieval Europe, beyond what we can learn from medieval texts.

Primary Sources:

Isidore of Seville, “Etymologies”

Hugh of St. Victor, “Noah’s Ark”

Abbot Suger, “On the Abbey Church of St.-Denis and its Art Treasures”

Honorius of Autun, “Gemma Animae”

Augustine, selections on the sense of sight

Secondary Sources:

Bak, Janos M. Coronations:  Medieval and Early Modern Monarchic Ritual. Berkeley:  University of California Press, 1990.

Bynum, Caroline. Christian Materiality. New York: Zone Books, 2011.

Janes, Dominic. God and Gold in Late Antiquity. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Kessler, Herbert L. Seeing Medieval Art. Ontario: Broadview Press, 2004.

Miller, C. Maureen. Clothing the Clergy:  Virtue and Power in Medieval Europe, c. 800-1200. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2014.

Tilley, Christopher, et al. Handbook of Material Culture. London: Sage Publications, 2006

Proposed Grading Policy:

10% attendance

10% class preparation and participation

20% Exams

20% Quizzes

20% Presentation

20% Final

HIS 309K • Western Civ In Medieval Times

39205 • Spring 2017
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM WEL 2.312
GC (also listed as AHC 310, CTI 310, EUS 306)

This course offers an introductory survey of Western European history, from about 300 to 1500 C.E. Although textual sources are central to the study of history, we will also focus on visual and material sources to discuss the cultural, social, political, economic, and intellectual history of the Middle Ages, with a focus on the formation of identity. Classes will be a mixture of lecture, discussion, and collaborative assignments.

 

Objectives:

Learn to analyze and articulate meaning from primary sources created in the Middle Ages - both texts and material culture.

Learn to read critically and gain a broad understanding of European history. Gain the ability to describe the major historical trends in the history of Western Civilization during the Middle Ages.

Become more aware of material culture and the significance of place/space both in the medieval and modern world.

 

Develop a deeper understanding of cultures that may be different from our own. (Note that this course has a Global Cultures flag)

 

Rosenwein, Barbara, A Short History of the Middle Ages (2014 - one volume ISBN: 978-1-4426-0611-1) paperback

Augustine, Confessions (translated by F.J. Sheed)

Einhard and Notker the Stammerer, Two Lives of Charlemagne (Penguin Classics, translated by Lewis Thorpe)

The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (translated by Betty Radice)

Additional required readings will be made available electronically on Canvas or in a required Course Packet. 

 

 

Map quiz: 5%

Quizzes (including pop quizzes): 15%

Mid-semester exams (cumulative): 30% (2 @ 15% each)

Final exam (cumulative): 30%

Attendance: 10%

Class Participation: 10%

HIS 309K • Western Civ In Medieval Times

38410 • Spring 2016
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM WEL 2.312
GC (also listed as AHC 310)

This course offers an introductory survey of Western European history, from about 300 to 1500 C.E. Although textual sources are central to the study of history, we will also focus on visual and material sources to discuss the cultural, social, political, economic, and intellectual history of the Middle Ages, with a focus on the formation of identity. Classes will be a mixture of lecture, discussion, and collaborative assignments.

Objectives:

Learn to analyze and articulate meaning from primary sources created in the Middle Ages - both texts and material culture. Learn to read critically and gain a broad understanding of European history. Gain the ability to describe the major historical trends in the history of Western Civilization during the Middle Ages. Become more aware of material culture and the significance of place/space both in the medieval and modern world. Develop a deeper understanding of cultures that may be different from our own. (Note that this course has a Global Cultures flag)

Texts:

Rosenwein, Barbara, A Short History of the Middle Ages (2009, single volume) Augustine, Confessions (translated by F.J. Sheed)

Einhard and Notker the Stammerer, Two Lives of Charlemagne (Penguin Classics, translated by Lewis Thorpe)

The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (translated by Betty Radice)

Additional required readings will be made available electronically on Canvas. (If you need help with Canvas, you can find on-line tutorials and assistance at: http://canvas.utexas.edu/)

 

 

Grading:

Map quiz: 5%

Quizzes (including pop quizzes): 15%

Mid-semester tests: 30% (2 @ 15% each)

Final exam (cumulative): 30%

Attendance: 10%

Class Participation: 10%

HIS 309K • Western Civ In Medieval Times

38390 • Spring 2015
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM WEL 2.312
GC

Course Description:

This course offers an introductory survey of Western European history, from about 300 to 1500 C.E. Although textual sources are central to the study of history, we will also focus on visual and material sources to discuss continuity and change over time in the cultural, social, political, economic, and intellectual history of the Middle Ages. Classes will be a mixture of lecture, discussion, and collaborative assignments. 

 

Required texts:

Rosenwein, Barbara, A Short History of the Middle Ages (2009, single volume)

Augustine, Confessions (translated by F.J. Sheed)

Einhard and Notker the Stammerer, Two Lives of Charlemagne (Penguin Classics, translated by Lewis Thorpe contains complete text)

The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (translated by Betty Radice)

 

Additional required readings consisting of primary and secondary historical sources will be made available electronically.

 

Grading:

Quizzes: 20%

Attendance and class participation: 20%

Two mid-semester tests: 30%

Final exam: 30%

 

Regular attendance, reading of assigned texts, and class participation are basic requirements of the course. 

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