ENGLISH 315 - Women and Literature
Section: 001 On the Pedestal, in the Gutter: Women and Middle English Literature
Term: WN 2013
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

In this course, we will consider both idealized and misogynist depictions of women as characters in Middle English texts as well as the often complicated ways these stereotyped portrayals relate to one another. We will also study women as writers; among our course texts will be the first books written in English by women as well as birthing charms likely written by women to encourage safety of mother and child during childbirth. Several of our readings will be religious, including some truly surprising miracles of the Virgin Mary, lives of tenacious and daring female martyrs, devotional literature for lay women, and accounts of female heretics. But we will study a number of secular texts, too, including poems about women who brew beer and stories featuring witches and female giants.

This course will change how you think about the Middle Ages!

ENGLISH 315 - Women and Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (REC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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ISBN: 0312111282
Geoffrey Chaucer: The wife of Bath : complete, authoritative text with biographical and historical contexts, critical history and essays from five contemporary critical perspectives, Author: ed. by Peter G. Beidler, Publisher: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press 1996
ISBN: 1879288451
The shewings of Julian of Norwich, Author: edited by Georgia Ronan Crampton., Publisher: Published for TEAMS (The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages) in Association with the University of Rochester by Medieval Institute Publications 2. print. 1994
ISBN: 1879288729
The book of Margery Kempe, Author: ed. by Lynn Staley., Publisher: Published for TEAMS (the Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages) in association with the Univ. of Rochester by Medieval Institute Publications, Western Michigan Univ. 4. print. 2004
ISBN: 9780393334159
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight : a new verse translation, Author: [translated by] Simon Armitage., Publisher: W.W. Norton 1st Norton 2008
ISBN: 0918720443
Three Middle English Charlemagne romances, Author: edited by Alan Lupack., Publisher: Published for TEAMS by Medieval Institute Publications, Western Michigan University 2. print. 1990
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