ENGL 4905 Advanced Topic Seminar: Making Sex in Early Modern England (Spring: 3 )
The early modern period witnessed a literary explosion; it was also a time when definitions of masculinity and femininity were especially fluid. Authors like Christopher Marlowe, Shakespeare, and Margaret Cavendish were writing their poetry and plays while medical writers, religious leaders, politicians, and everyday folk were actively debating what "made" someone a man or a woman and how this should guide one's actions. We will be reading a variety of these literary and non-literary texts so that we can investigate how these often contradictory theories of sex and gender difference informed the period's complex representations of bodies and their behaviors.
Instructor(s): Caroline Bicks
Last Updated: 07-Dec-13