Religious Studies | Historical Studies: Religion, Politics, and Gender in Early Modern Europe
R630 | 24997 | Furey

The question of how gender, politics, and religion intersected in
early modern Europe animates much of the most exciting current work
in the field. Guided by several of these works from scholars working
in literature and history, this seminar will explore how the
dramatic split between Catholics and Protestants and changing
notions of sanctity, sexuality, and the written word influenced
contemporary notions of political authority, religious identity, and
gender norms. Books will include Frances Dolan, Whores of Babylon:
Catholicism, Gender, and Seventeenth-Century Print Culture (Notre
Dame, 2005), Moshe Sluhovsky, Believe Not Every Spirit: Possession,
Mysticism, and Discernment in Early Modern Catholicism (Chicago,
2007), Mary Elizabeth Perry, The Handless Maiden: Moriscos and the
Politics of Religion in Early Modern Spain (Princeton, 2007), Ulrike
Strasser, State of Virginity: Gender, Religion, and Politics in an
Early Modern Catholic State (Michigan, 2004), and Jennifer Summit,
Lost Property: The Woman Writer in the English Literary Imagination
(Chicago, 2000), as well as now-classic works by Lyndal Roper and
Natalie Zemon Davis. We’ll supplement our discussions of recent
scholarship on these topics by reading selections from numerous
relevant primary sources, including works by Teresa of Avila,
Elizabeth I, Erasmus, Shakespeare, and Protestant and Catholic
theologians. The course will include guest appearances by
Renaissance Studies professors from other departments. The final
section of the course will be given to student presentations on
research relevant to course topics but directly related to their own