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Medieval Masculinities
ENGL 214
Fall 2010 not offered

This course will explore the range of characteristics used to define masculinity, tracing themes that span from Anglo-Saxon times to early 16th-century England. Among the social roles most widely associated with the Middle Ages is the chivalric knight of Arthurian romance. These knights were supposed to embody the ideals of many definitions of manhood: powerful warriors, loyal courtiers, courtly lovers, and holy saints. We will examine the often contradictory codes that governed a knight's behavior and how these tensions manifest themselves in the literary works of their times. Other representations of masculinity will also be studied. Most of the works will be in translation, though we will include a few texts in Middle English.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

Last Updated on APR-16-2024
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