Comparative Literature | Women in World Literature
C340 | 1231 | Instructor

11:15-12:30	TR	BH 146

Though literature by women has begun to appear more widely in courses
studying later historical periods, few students have had the
opportunity to explore the rich tradition of texts authored by women
during the Middle Ages.  In this course, we will examine a selection
of these texts and address such issues as the position of women
vis--vis literary, civic, and theological authority; the relationship
of literacy and authorship; and the treatment of gender within
individual texts.  Our primary readings will come from the ninth
through the fifteenth century and from France, Germany, Italy, Spain,
Sweden, the Netherlands, and England.  They will include secular and
spiritual works of many genres (lyrics, plays, letters, accounts of
visions, narrative fiction, and autobiography).  The list of authors
includes "saints" and "heretics," members of royal courts and members
of the merchant class, mothers and nuns: Dhuoda, Hrotsvit of
Gandersheim, Marie of France, Heloise, Hildegard of Bingen, the
trobairitz, Mechthild of Magdeburg, Hadewijch of Brabant, Marguerite
Porete, Bridget of Sweden, Catherine of Siena, Julian of Norwich,
Florencia Pinar, Christine of Pisano, and Margery Kempe.
Requirements:  Students will write two essays (each 5-7 pages long) on
topics relating to our primary texts and take a final exam.