History as Tragedy: Genre, Gender, and Power in the Alexiad of Anna Komnena|
Fall 2020 not offered
MDST 350, HIST 328|
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Urban Studies|
Why did it take until the 11th century for a woman to write a work in the genre of history? What did it take for Anna Komnena--a renowned student of ancient literature, mathematics, astronomy, and philosophy, and a princess of the East Roman (Byzantine) Empire--to finally break into this most gendered of genres? And, how has Anna Komnena's accomplishment been received? This course will spend an entire semester delving into this deeply literary history, and its influence from the Middle Ages to the present. Students will engage with "The Alexiad" through close intertextual readings, critical scholarship in history, relevant work in theory, and digital research methods.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(MDST-MN)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)