Comparative Literature | Literature by Women in Middles Ages
C321 | 1222 | Rosemarie McGerr


MW 1:00-2:15  BH 148
3 credit hours.  (Fulfills Culture Studies and AHLA requirements.)
Meets with MEST M390.

This course explores the rich and diverse tradition of texts authored
by women during the Middle Ages in Europe.  We will examine a
selection of these texts and address such issues as the position of
women in relation to 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 fifteenth centuries and from France, Germany, Italy,
Spain, the Netherlands, and England.  These include secular and
spiritual texts from a wide range of genres:  lyrics, plays, letters,
vision accounts, narrative fictions, and autobiographies.  The list of
authors includes "saints" and "heretics," members of royal courts and
members of the merchant class, mothers and nuns.

Requirements

Students will take one hour test, write one analytical essay (5-7
pages) on a topic relating to our primary texts, and take a final
exam.