WOMENSTD 434 - Advanced Topics in Gender, Culture, and Representation
Section: 002 Spirituality and Madness: Religious Women for the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment
Term: WN 2013
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
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May be elected twice for credit.
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This course considers the contributions religious women made to the history of Christianity, Christian spirituality, religious literature, and theology. Between 1000 and 1800, individual women and women’s communities actively shaped religious life in the West. Whether admired as visionaries or accused of heresies, religious women’s intellectual and institutional existence was deeply affected by their gender. We will discuss important stations of this history, with a particular focus on the German-speaking parts of Europe. Themes such as the emergence of a religious women’s movement in the Middle Ages, female mysticism, the monastic reform movements, the closing of convents during the Reformation, and critiques of life behind convent walls will be the focus of our discussions. The writings and sources at the center of this class will be complemented by background readings as well as a site visit to a women’s community (in negotiation), films, images, etc. No prior knowledge or German required.

Course Requirements:

Class participation and 4 short essays

WOMENSTD 434 - Advanced Topics in Gender, Culture, and Representation
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Meets with JUDAIC 417-001/RELIGION 402-001/RCCORE 334-002/HISTART 489-006
002 (SEM)
MW 5:30PM - 7:00PM
Note: Meets with GERMAN 449-001, HISTORY 481-002, RELIGION 402-002, and MEMS 411-001.
003 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Meets with Judaic 417-002 and SAC 455-001.
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