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Junior-Senior Seminar: A History of Literacy

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Tentative Schedule of Topics and Readings

Vindolanda Tablet
Invitation from Claudia Severa to Sulpicia Lepidina, ref Tab. Vindol. II 291

 

Week I: Overview of Greek and Roman Literacy

Day 1

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No class: Reading Day

Day 2

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What does literacy mean in the Greek and Roman world?

Readings: R. Thomas. "Writing, Reading, Public and Private 'Literacies': Functional Literacy and Democratic Literacy in Greece." Ancient Literacies, ed. Johnson and Parker (Oxford 2009) 13-45.

G. Woolf, "Literacy or Literacies in Rome?" Ancient Literacies, ed. Johnson and Parker (Oxford 2009) 46-68.

B. Burrell, "Reading, Hearing, and Looking at Ephesos." Ancient Literacies, ed. Johnson and Parker (Oxford 2009) 69-95.

 

PM

Finding Primary and Secondary Sources on Greek and Roman literacy: literary texts, letters, manuals, textbooks, papyri, grafitti, inscriptions, law, and archaeology

Day 3

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Learning to read and write

Guest Lecture: Prof. Meg Jacobs

Common Readings: UNESCO. “Definitions of Literacy.” Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2006. 147-59. Web. 5 July 2013.

W. Teale, J. Hoffman, and K. Paciga. "What Do Children Need to Succeed in Early Literacy--and Beyond."

Weaver. "Schemas and Transactions in the Reading Process."

E. Dickey. Learning Latin the Ancient Way (Cambridge 2016) 1-15, 26-33, 54-57, 82-92, 100-107, 133-39, 169-72.

 

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Reports:

R. Cribiore. "The First Circle." Gymnastics of the Mind: Greek Education in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt (Princeton 2001) 160-84. (eBook) Miranda

R. Cribiore. "The Teaching of the Grammarian: Content and Context." Gymnastics of the Mind: Greek Education in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt (Princeton 2001) 185-219. (eBook)

W. M. Bloomer. "Grammar and the Unity of the Curriculum." The School of Rome: Latin Studies and the Origins of Liberal Education (California 2011) 111-38. (eBook)

W. M. Bloomer. "The Moral Sentence." The School of Rome: Latin Studies and the Origins of Liberal Education (California 2011) 139-69. (eBook)

Kaster, Robert A. “Controlling reason: Declamation in rhetorical education.” Education in Greek and Roman antiquity. Ed. Yun Lee Too. (Brill 2001) 317-337. (eBook) John K.

 

 

 

Day 4

AM

Personal Collections and Libraries

Common Readings: G. Houston. "Introduction." Inside Roman Libraries: Book Collections and their Management in Antiquity (North Carolina 2014) 1-11. (eBook)

G. Houston. "Lists of Books Preserved on Papyrus." Inside Roman Libraries: Book Collections and their Management in Antiquity (North Carolina 2014) 39-86. (eBook)

Reports: G. Houston. "The Book Collections of Oxyrhynchus." Inside Roman Libraries: Book Collections and their Management in Antiquity (North Carolina 2014) 130-79. (eBook)

G. Houston. "Spaces, Storage, Equipment, and Art." Inside Roman Libraries: Book Collections and their Management in Antiquity (North Carolina 2014) 180-216. (eBook) Miranda

G. Houston. "Personnel and their Activities." Inside Roman Libraries: Book Collections and their Management in Antiquity (North Carolina 2014) 217-52. (eBook)

P. Tucci. "Flavian Libraries in the City of Rome." Ancient Libraries, ed. Konig and Oikonomopoulou (Cambridge 2013) 277-311. John H.

P. White. "Bookshops in the Literary Culture of Rome." Ancient Literacies, ed. Johnson and Parker (Oxford 2009) 268-87. John K.

 

PM

Writing an Abstract: Discussion of sample abstracts. Submit sample abstract from the SCS or CAMWS to Laura Farmer and John Gruber-Miller by 8 a.m.

Research Conferences with Professor Gruber-Miller

 

Day 5

 

AM

 

Small Group workshops: bring a one page abstract to the conference

One page abstract of research paper due Saturday at noon.

 

PM

Communities of Readers

Ancient Sources:

Common Readings: W. Johnson. "Constructing Elite Reading Communities in the High Empire." Ancient Literacies, ed. Johnson and Parker (Oxford 2009) 320-30.

W. Johnson. "The Pragmatics of Reading." Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire (Oxford 2010) 17-31.

H. Parker. "Books and Reading Latin Poetry." Ancient Literacies, ed. Johnson and Parker (Oxford 2009) 186-229.

Reports: W. Johnson. "Pliny and the Construction of Reading Communities." Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire (Oxford 2010) 32-62.

W. Johnson. "Doctors and Intellectuals: Galen's Reading Community." Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire (Oxford 2010) 74-97.

W. Johnson. "Aulus Gellius: The Life of the Litteratus." Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire (Oxford 2010) 98-136.

Roman school
A teacher with two students, as a third arrives with his loculus, a writing case that would contain pens, ink pot, and a sponge to correct errors.
Relief found in Neumagen near Trier, a teacher with three discipuli. Around 180–185 CE. Photo of casting in Pushkin museum, Moscow.

Week II: Methods

Day 6

AM

Library Research at the University of Iowa

S. Greenblatt. The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (Norton 2011) 14-50.

S. Winchester. The Professor and the Madman (HarperCollins 1999) 23-31, 75-99, 131-44.

 

PM

University of Iowa Library (cont.)

Day 7

AM

Finding Bibliography, one-on-one in Cole Library

 

PM

The Medieval Scriptorium

Guest Lecture: Prof. Michelle Herder

Common Readings: A. Beach. "Claustration and Collaboration between the Sexes in the Twelfth-Century Scriptorium." Monks and Nuns, Saints and Outcasts, ed. Farmer and Rosenwein (Cornell 2000)

U. Weithaus, "Collaborative Literacy and the Spiritual Education of Nuns at Helfta" Nuns' Literacies in Medieval Europe, ed. Blanton, O'Mara, and Stoop. Brepols.

A website collecting links to digitized manuscripts: http://digitizedmedievalmanuscripts.org/

More links to digitized manuscripts: http://www.utm.edu/staff/bobp/vlibrary/mdmss.shtml



The following link might be very helpful; it's a project to digitize all manuscripts associated with the medieval monastery of Lorsch (which had its golden age in the 9th-10th centuries); the manuscripts are now scattered among over 70 libraries: http://www.bibliotheca-laureshamensis-digital.de/en/index.html

 

 

Day 8

AM

Workshop: writing the Literature Review

 

PM

Reading and Writing

Day 9

AM

Challenges to learning Latin or Greek by women or colonized peoples

Reports: A. Hanson. "Efforts by Egyptian Villagers to write Greek." Learning latin and Greek from Antiquity to the Present, ed. Archibald, Brockliss, and Gnoza (Cambridge 2015) 10-29.

A. Laird. "The Teaching of Latin to the Native Nobility in Mexico in the mid-1500s: Contexts, methods, and Results." Learning latin and Greek from Antiquity to the Present, ed. Archibald, Brockliss, and Gnoza (Cambridge 2015) 118-135.

F. Waquet. "Latin for Girls: the French Debate," and F. Cox, "Women's Education and the Classics," Learning Latin and Greek from Antiquity to the Present, ed. Archibald, Brockliss, and Gnoza (Cambridge 2015) 145-65.

M. Ronnick. “Saintly Souls:” White Teachers’ Instruction of Greek and Latin to African American Freedmen.”  Free At Last! The Impact of Freed Slaves on the Roman Empire, eds. Teresa Ramsby and Sinclair Bell. Gerald Duckworth  & Co., 2011, pp. 177-208. (eBook)

Fanny Jackson Coppin. Reminiscences of School Life, and Hints On Teaching, Volume 8 of the African American Women Writers Series, 1910-1940 (general editor: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,) New York: G. K. Hall/ Macmillan 1995. (pp. 9-90)

 

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Reading and writing

Day 10

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Small Group Workshops: Please submit the first 5 pages of your paper, including the Introduction, Thesis, Literature Review, and bibliography on Google Drive before 8:00 a.m. Please provide substantive comments on the papers of the other members of your workshop group before coming to your workshop. Be prepared to share your comments orally in the workshop. Finally, please bring two hard copies of your paper to the workshop.

 

 

 

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Small Group Workshops (cont.)

Week III: Writing, Reading, Revising

Day 11

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Conferences: please bring your bibliography and a list with all your primary evidence to the conference.

 

PM

Conferences

Day 12

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Theoretical Approaches to Literacy

C. Dué and M. Ebbott, The Homer Multitext Project and "An Introduction to the Homer Multitext edition of the Venetus A manuscript of the Iliad"

T. Habinek. "Situating Literacy at Rome." Ancient Literacies, ed. Johnson and Parker (Oxford 2009) 114-40.

K. Milnor. “Literary Literacy in Roman Pompeii: The Case of Vergil’s Aeneid.” Ancient Literacies, ed. Johnson and Parker (Oxford 2009) 288-319.

D. Olson. "Why Literacy Matters, Then and Now." Ancient Literacies, ed. Johnson and Parker (Oxford 2009) 385-403.

Yun Lee Too. The Idea of the Library in the Ancient World. (Oxford 2010). (eBook)

Lankshear, Colin, and Michele Knobel. "From Reading to New Literacies." New Literacies: Everyday Practices and Social Learning. 3rd ed. (Open UP 2011) 3-31.

 

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Day 13

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Writing Day; individual conferences

 

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Day 14

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Presentations

Day 15

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Week IV: Revising and Editing

Day 16

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The Future of Literacy

Common readings (choose two): C. Dué and M. Ebbott, The Homer Multitext Project and "An Introduction to the Homer Multitext edition of the Venetus A manuscript of the Iliad"

M. Tueller. "The Voice and Mind of the Stone: Social Presence Theory, Artificial Intelligence, and Inscribed Epigram." SCS 2017. (Moodle)

Lankshear, Colin, and Michele Knobel. "From Reading to New Literacies." New Literacies: Everyday Practices and Social Learning. 3rd ed. (Open UP 2011) 3-31. (eBook)

Reports: M. Nicholls. "Roman Libraries as Public Buildings in the Cities of the Empire." Ancient Libraries, ed. Konig and Oikonomopoulou (Cambridge 2013) 261-76. (Caitlin)

J. B. Scott. "The Meaning of Perseus and Andromeda in the Farnese Gallery and on the Rubens House." Journal of the Warburg and Courtald Institutes 51 (1988) 50-60. (Miranda)

John H.

 

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Day 17

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Revising your paper; individual conferences

 

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Day 18

 

Submit Reflective Essay (two pages) and final version of your Thesis

 

 

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