ENGLISH 397 - Honors Junior Seminar
Section: 001 Women Who Made History
Term: WN 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior or senior standing, and permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

Joan of Arc was a military leader who was burned at the stake as a heretic and witch. She was later venerated as a saint. Margery Kempe invented the first autobiography in English, in which she fashions herself as a saint. She too faced accusations of heresy. Julian of Norwich wrote sophisticated theology in elegant prose; she was widely respected and never suspected of heresy. Each of these women had, in one way or another, a significant impact on their culture. In this course we will study their words and deeds and explore how they responded particularly to contemporary ideals about a woman’s cultural authority and sexuality. We will also read scholarship about contraception, midwifery, medicine, marriage law, religion, and heresy.

Course Requirements:

Assignments will focus on developing students’ research skills and ability to write about research. Specific tasks will include oral reports, an annotated bibliography, and a twenty-page research essay.

Intended Audience:

English Honors Students

Class Format:


ENGLISH 397 - Honors Junior Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 9780140432510
The book of Margery Kempe, Author: translated by B.A. Windeatt., Publisher: Penguin Reprinted 1985
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