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Medieval Gender and Sexuality
HIST 300
Spring 2015
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: FGSS 300, MDST 300

When most people think of the Middle Ages, they may envision an era of pious sexual repression and strict gender norms. Over the past few decades, however, scholars of medieval history have begun to uncover both the colorful variation and unexpected complexity of medieval sex and gender, revealing a world at once deeply familiar and profoundly strange. By exploring everything from the idea of Jesus as a nursing mother to transvestite heroines like Joan of Arc, and from private rumors of sodomy to publicly licensed prostitution, they have begun to reconstruct the powerful systems of gender and sexuality that governed the lives of both ordinary and famous people. This research seminar will examine some of their findings, while considering the broader utility of gender and sexuality as categories of historical and social analysis.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST-MN)(HIST)(MDST-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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