Love, Sex, and Marriage in Renaissance Europe|
Fall 2020 not offered
COL 123, FGSS 123, MDST 125|
This writing-intensive seminar will compare literary and artistic depictions of love, sex, and marriage during the Renaissance by authors and artists from England, Spain, France, Flanders, Germany, and Italy. We will read both male and female writers in genres ranging from poetry, the short story, and theater to the essay, the travel narrative, and the sermon. We will also examine other arts such as painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts (e.g., wedding chests). Questions we will explore include, but are not limited to, How were love and marriage related during the Renaissance? What role did sex, gender, and violence play in relationships between couples and within society? How do gender and genre affect the ways in which love, sex, and marriage are depicted? How did cultural differences influence writers' and artists' interpretations of love, sex, and marriage? And what about same-sex unions? Other topics will include virginity and celibacy, erotic literature, family and class structures, and divorce.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FRST-MN)(FRST)(MDST-MN)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)
Martin Luther, "The Estate of Marriage"
Montaigne, "On Some Verses of Virgil," ESSAYS, book 3
Shakespeare, ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL (ed. Paul Werstine, 2006, ISBN-10: 0743484975)
Anna Bijns, REFRAINS
Louise Labé, POEMS
Luis de León, LA PERFECTA CASADA
Marguerite de Navarre, HEPTAMERON
Montaigne, TRAVEL JOURNAL
Mary Wroth, PAMPHILIA TO AMPHILANTHUS
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Students will post/share weekly reaction papers on Moodle, give a group presentation, and they will complete two short papers (3-4 pages) with a mandatory rewrite and one longer research paper (8-10 pages). There will also be one session devoted to critiquing peers' papers as part of a writing workshop, and students will meet with the instructor at least once during the semester in a one-on-one tutorial.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
All readings and discussion will be conducted in English. Students must buy ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL (ed. Paul Werstine, 2006, ISBN-10: 0743484975). The other texts will be provided. Students should expect to read no more than 100 pages per week.
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