ENGL-120-01 Med & Early Mod Women's Writing
Spring for 2011-2012
The Latin word auctoritas can signify a number of different things, including authority (political, literary, cultural, etc) and authorship, both of which were generally denied to women during the medieval and early modern periods. This class will focus on how female writers of those periods could and did claim auctoritas in textual form, whether literary, political, or religious--and frequently more than one at once. Writers to be studied will include Sei Sh?nagon (c. 966-1017), Marie de France (late 12th-century), Saint Julian of Norwich (1342-c.1416) and other contemporary mystical writers, Christine de Pizan (1363-c.1430), Anne Askew (c.1520-1546), Queen Elizabeth I (1536-1603), Veronica Franco (1546-1591), Aemilia Lanyer (1569-1645), and Elizabeth Cary (c.1585-1639). Assignments will include four short papers, one major research paper, and two presentations.
Prerequisites: ENGL 040, 041, 042, or 043; or previously cross-listed Gateways from other departments.