Undergraduate English Courses

358:307 Medieval and Early Modern Women Writers

01 TTH5   CAC  14798   NOVACICH     SC-103     

 This course considers a broad range of texts written by and about women across medieval and early modern centuries, including work by Marie de France, Margery Kempe, Christine de Pizan, Elizabeth I, and Margaret Cavendish. We will investigate constructions of gender and authorship; the relationship between women and different kinds of textual communities; and the various public and private roles permitted to or otherwise taken up by women. We also will consider how these roles participate in different kinds of literary activity: the re-imagining of worlds; the clarification and redefining of religious practices; and the contemplation of possible futures.