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Medieval Women and Their World: Constructing Identities 1100-1450 (12 points)


Leader: Constant Mews

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit looks at the way a range of medieval women (like Heloise, Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich, and Christine de Pizan), shaped and performed their identity through visionary and scholarly writing, and thus helped transform conventional themes in theology, literature and art, 1100-1450. The unit will explore the ways in which women sought to transform both secular and religious understanding of their own identity, and thus to question received ideas about gender, religion and ethics.

Assessment: Review essay (1,500 words): 10% + Research essay (5,500 words): 60% + Take home examination: 30%

Contact Hours: 2 hour seminar per week

Prohibitions: HSY4400, RLM4060, RLM5060

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