ENGLISH 415 - Studies in Women and Literature
Section: 001 Extraordinary Women Writers
Term: WN 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Women wrote the most extraordinary texts imaginable between the twelfth and seventeenth centuries, and this course explores the genres, themes, and purposes of their works. Heloise insisted in a series of letters to her husband that he owed her a “marriage debt,” which usually meant sex—but her husband had been castrated years before. What was she thinking? Marie de France crafted stories of women locked in towers and suffering for love. What was her point? Christine de Pizan wrote about women who shaped history. Why did she think that was necessary? Margery Kempe dictated a book about her life, celebrating her own miracles and fashioning herself as a saint. What provoked her to do that? Queen Elizabeth I created poetry, letters, and a great many history-making speeches. How did she reconcile her power with her gender? This course surveys these and other women to probe their relationships with dominant culture and their efforts to address what they saw as the problems of their day.

Course Requirements:

Course requirements will include short informal response papers, oral reports, a bit of research, and one essay.

ENGLISH 415 - Studies in Women and Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0140448993
The letters of Abelard and Heloise, Author: translated with an introduction and notes by Betty Radice., Publisher: Penguin Books Revised ed 2003
ISBN: 9780140447590
The lais of Marie de France, Author: translated with an introduction by Glyn S. Burgess and Keith Busby., Publisher: Penguin books 2nd ed. 2003
ISBN: 9780140432510
The book of Margery Kempe, Author: translated by B.A. Windeatt., Publisher: Penguin Reprinted 1985
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