Comparative Literature | Literature by Women in Medieval Europe
C611 | 25201 | Prof. Rosemarie McGerr

CMLT-C 611/25201
Women and World Literature: Literature by Women in Medieval Europe

Prof. McGerr 	TR 1:00-2:15

This course explores the rich and varied literary works authored by
women during the Middle Ages in Europe.  We will examine a selection
of these texts and address such issues as women’s responses to
literary, political, and theological authority; the relationship of
literacy and oral culture; 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:  lyric poems, 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: Dhuoda of
Septimania, Hrotswitha of Gandersheim, Hildegard of Bingen, Abbess
Heloise, Marie of France, Beatriz of Dia, Lombarda of Toulouse,
Hadewijch of Brabant, Mechthild of Magdeburg, Marguerite Porete,
Catherine of Siena, Julian of Norwich, Christine of Pisa, Margery
Kempe, and Florencia Piñar.


Students will take an hour test, write one analytical essay (6-8
pages) on a comparative topic relating to our primary texts, and
take a final exam.

*Meets with MEST-M 390 and CMLT-C 340*
*Fulfills Culture Studies and A&H requirements*