Mystics and Militants: Medieval Women Writers|
Spring 2012 not offered
MDST 238, FGSS 224|
In this class we will read a wide range of works written by European women between c. 1100-1500, including courtly, religious, and polemical texts. The course will explore ideologies of gender in the Middle Ages and early modern period and examine the ways in which our authors confronted the misogynist discourses of their eras with learning and imagination. We will consider such topics as constructions of sexuality and the body, "courtly love," mystical experience, heresy, humanism, utopian realms. In short, we'll read works by women who created their own forms of authority and in doing so, both influenced and defied the authorities of their time.
Students will improve their writing skills through frequent short assignments as well as longer essays.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Brit Lit)(FGSS)(MDST-MN)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)
Works by Héloise, Marie de France, Hildegard of Bingent, Catherine of Siena, Marguerite Porete, Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe, Christine de Pizan, Joan of Arc, et al.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two substantial papers (one 5-6 pp, one 8-10 pp), weekly response papers
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Literary History I and Literatures of Difference requirements for the English major and contributes toward the fulfillment of the British Literature concentration.
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