Early Modern Masculinities|
Fall 2009 not offered
FGSS 397, COL 397|
This history research seminar will explore theories and practices of masculinity in early modern Europe (1500-1800). We begin with prevailing theories of sexuality, sexes, bodies, and genders. How did philosophers and theologians in the Western tradition define maleness, and what it meant to be a man? How were sexuality and sexual difference understood, and how did notions of gender shape broader ideas about the nature of human beings, their behavior, and their relationships? We then turn to practices. How were sex and gender identities negotiated in the actual lived experience of early modern people? What happened to the men who did not "fit" into the norms of patriarchy: priests, youths, hermaphrodites, castrati? For their major paper students may research any aspect of society and the sexes in early modern Europe.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FGSS)
K. Crawford, European Sexualities, 1400-1800
V. Finucci, The Manly Masquerade: Masculinity, Paternity, and Castration in the Italian Renaissance
W. Fisher, Materializing Gender in Early Modern English Literature and Culture
T. Laqueur, Making Sex
I. Maclean, The Renaissance Notion of Woman
M. Rocke, Forbidden Friendships: Homosexuality and Male Culture in Renaissance Florence
A. Shephard, Meanings of Manhood in Early Modern England
|Examination and Assignments: |
Lead class discussion; 3 short (2 page) papers on assigned readings; 20 page research paper with bibliography; oral report.