Spring 2017 Undergraduate English Courses: Medieval

358:307 Medieval and Early Modern Women Writers

01 TTH4   CAC  18350   GRAHAM     FH-A3     

 In this course we will read poetry, prose, and drama written by women between 900 and 1689. We will start with poems preserved in the Exeter Book, a manuscript from the 900s, and range widely through the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Our guiding question will be twofold: how do bodies, defined by the cultures and moments in which they live, impact how people experience literature? And, how do these women writers rethink religious devotion, literary history, and social and political power? We will focus on the historical contexts of these writers, who were writing and reading when very few women were taught these skills; we will also engage with current theories about how gender affects our own reading and writing.