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ENGL 4238 Medieval Women Writers (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course examines a female-authored texts from the Middle Ages, ranging from the eighth to the fifteenth centuries. This body of work is remarkable for its size and range, given the limitations on women's writing: we will read Anglo-Saxon nuns letters, Old English women's songs, biography, autobiography, saints' lives, fables, love poetry, mystical and visionary literature, utopian literature, political theory, and the correspondence of aristocratic women. Can we find essential characteristics of female-authored texts, can we locate a female literary ethos in particular genres, or are we encountering a fortuitous selection of typical literature? All texts are in English translation.


Instructor(s): Robert Stanton

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Fulfills pre-1700 requirement.
Fulfills Women Writers requirement for LSOE/EN majors.


Last Updated: 07-Dec-13