Associate Professor Monique O’Connell
B-104 Tribble Hall; 758-4711
B.A. Brown University 1996
M.A. Northwestern University 1997
Ph.D. Northwestern University 2002
Wake Forest University. Associate Professor (2010-present); Assistant Professor (2004-2010)
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- “Italy in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean,” California Italian Studies 1 (2010) http://escholarship.org/uc/item/1zv8s58x.
- Men of Empire: Power and Negotiation in the Venice’s Maritime State (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).
- Rulers of Venice, 1332-1524, On-Line Data Base, Co-Authored with Benjamin G. Kohl and Andrea Mozzato, published by the Renaissance Society of America, http://rsa.fmdatabase.com/fmi/iwp/cgi?-db=venice4-0%20intact&-loadframes.
- “Oligarchy, Faction and Compromise in Fifteenth Century Venice,” in From Florence to the Mediterranean: Studies in Honor of Anthony Molho, ed. Diego Curto, Eric Dursteler, Julius Kirshner, and Francesca Trivellato, vol I, pp. 409-426 (Florence, Leo Olschki Press, 2009).
- “The Venetian Patriciate in the Mediterranean: Legal Identity and Lineage in Fifteenth Century Venetian Crete,” Renaissance Quarterly 57 (2004): 466-93.
- “The Castellan in Local Administration in Fifteenth Century Venetian Crete,” Thesaurismata 33 (2004): 161-77.
- “Sinews of Rule: The Politics of Office-holding in Fifteenth Century Venetian Crete,” Renaissance Studies 15 no 3 (2001): 256-71.
- Editor, Rulers of Venice,1332-1524, interpretations, methods, database, ACLS Humanities E-Book Project, 2009. http://mirlyn.lib.umich.edu/Record/006835993
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- HST 106 Medieval World Civilizations
This course provides an overview of world civilizations in the period generally understood as “medieval”—that is, from approximately 600 to 1600 C.E. The concept of a medieval, or middle, period in history originally came from European history, referring to the time between the fall of Rome and the Renaissance, or to a rebirth of classical knowledge. One of the questions of this course is to examine cultures and societies in east Asia, India, Africa, and the Americas as well as Europe during the same time frame and to ask if there is such a thing as a “medieval” world history. Are there patterns, transformations, and developments common to all these societies in the medieval period?What characteristics do these widely differing cultures and geographic areas share, and where do they differ?
- HST 206 Early Middle Ages: The Birth of Europe, 400-1100
The central question of this course is one of identity: at what point can we speak of a distinctively “European” identity? In order to answer this question, we will investigate the political, cultural, religious, and material history of Europe from the later Roman Empire to the end of the Viking invasions around the turn of the millennium. Once dismissed as the “Dark Ages,” scholars now point to this as an era when some of the key cultural, political, and artistic foundations of later European history were forged. Indeed, these centuries saw the “birth” of a distinctive Western European civilization that arose from the ashes of ancient Greece and Rome.
- HST 207 High Middle Ages and Renaissance: Reform, Revival, and Renewal in Europe, 1150-1550
The period from 1150 to 1550 witnessed a dramatic transformation in the patterns and practices of European culture. During these 400 years, Europe exploded from its boundaries, overturning religious and intellectual traditions and expanding geographically, economically, and politically. The High Middle Ages saw the rise of towns, universities, and cathedrals; the Church faced reformations from within and without, and the personal bonds of feudal kingship gradually gave way to the bureaucracies of developing nation-states. These transformations did not go unchallenged; struggles over religious unity and political hegemony combined with natural disasters such as plague and famine to further upset the traditional order. The European Renaissance revived the learning of the classical world, using it to claim a place for human reason and creativity in society. This class will examine how and why these transformations in European civilization took place .
- HST 305 Medieval and Early Modern Iberia
The cultures that flourished on the Iberian peninsula between the years 700 and 1700 were extremely diverse and contained often contradictory tendencies. Hailed by many as a haven of toleration and an example of co-existence between Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the medieval period, early modern Spain and Portugal were bastions of Catholic orthodoxy and the Inquisition. Iberians were at the forefront of global exploration and discovery, but Spain’s empire by the seventeenth century had fallen behind its English and Dutch competitors. This course is dedicated to examining these seeming paradoxes, looking at the formation of religious, cultural and political identities and the economics of empire in the medieval and early modern period.
- HST 307 Italian Renaissance
This course examines the economic, political, intellectual, and social developments in the Italian world from ca. 1350 to 1615, a period that marked a profound transition between the medieval and modern worlds. Many examinations of the “Renaissance era” end on or around the year 1500, leaving the impact of the discovery of the Americas, the religious reformations, and the beginnings of the Scientific Revolution to the period often labeled as “early modern.” It is the purpose of this course to investigate to what degree these major transformations in western and world culture were rooted in and influenced by the social, cultural, political, and economic developments on the Italian peninsula beginning in the fourteenth century.
- HST 390 Italy and the Mediterranean in the Renaissance
This research seminar is devoted to two intersecting themes: the cultural, political, and economic developments of the Renaissance (c. 1350-1600),and the intense cross-cultural engagement that characterized the Mediterranean world in the same period. Our readings and discussions will focus on the ways Renaissance culture developed across the Mediterranean, asking how and why the particularities of the region affected societal development. The course’s geographical focus will be Italian, although students’ research projects can look to Iberian or Islamic worlds as well.