Mystics and Militants: Medieval Women Writers|
Fall 2020 not offered
MDST 238, FGSS 224, RL&L 231|
In this class we will read a wide range of works written by European women between ca. 1100--1400, including courtly, devotional, and polemical texts. The course will explore ideologies of gender in the Middle Ages 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 religious experience, heresies, humanism, and utopian realms. In short, we will read works by women who created their own forms of authority and in doing so, both influenced and defied the authorities of their time.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)(FGSS)(MDST-MN)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)
Readings: Works by Heloise and Abelard, Marie de France, Hildegard of Bingen, the Troubadour love poets, Catherine of Siena, Marguerite Porete, Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe, and Christine de Pizan; the Trials of Na Prous Boneta and Joan of Arc.
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Exams/Assignments: Two substantial papers (one 5-6 pp, one 8-10 pp), weekly reading responses
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This course fulfills the Literatures of Difference and Literary History I requirements and contributes to the British Literature concentration of the English major.
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