Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines exile as “the state or a period of forced absence from one’s country or home.” This means, of course, exile depends on one’s definition of home. For those of us in higher education, residential students who live “on campus” may very well consider their time at college as an experience of exile—forced from their home by parents, peer pressure, or broader economic systems. On the other hand, many students may find being away from campus its own type of exile.
There are many debates about the literary quality of the famous cobbler-poet Hans Sachs (1494–1576), one of the most prolific authors in the sixteenth century. Moreover, with his writing, Sachs represented one of the most industrious, economically vibrant cities in early modern Germany. Although he virtually never left his home town of Nuremberg after the return from his years as a journeyman in 1516, Sachs had a literary worldview that seems to have been almost limitless.
In the middle of March, at the height of the novel coronavirus pandemic the internet was flooded with a convenient claim: “There is a St. Corona, and She is the Patron Saint against plagues and epidemics.”1 Since I am an art historian with a background in early modern visual culture, this caught my attention. According to several sources, not only was St.
Teaching the early modern in the era of COVID-19 is challenging for instructors of all stripes. This article outlines how these challenges were met in teaching Neo-Latin in an undergraduate seminar in Austria by highlighting the special role of constructivist learning and digital resources.
When we received the news that we would be moving to remote teaching for the rest of the semester, my Hispanic Theatre & Performance class was in the middle of reading La vida es sueño (Life’s a Dream) by Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1636). This play, a theatricalized adaptation of Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave,” follows the struggles of two protagonists as their lives intersect: a prisoner who is actually a prince and a woman, disguised as a man, seeking revenge on the man who abandoned her.