This program covers the history of gender in Western Europe during the medieval and early modern periods, from roughly 400 A.D. to 1650 A.D. Emphasis is on understanding shifting gender roles in light of larger socio-cultural, political, economic, legal and religious histories, especially in terms of the transition from pre-Christian society to medieval Christianity, the impact of feudalism, the advent of the printing press and the spread of literacy, the Protestant Reformation and the Wars of Religion. We will focus on common women and men, like artisans, soldiers, peasants, and nuns. Their daily experiences in their families and communities as they worked, loved, prayed, and played will be contrasted with gendered expectations for elites and portrayals of gender in literature, religious texts, and art. Most readings focus on France, the British Isles, the German states and the Dutch Republic. Reading and writing assignments are extensive; you will practice text analysis, seminar skills, and academic essay writing.
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history, gender studies, humanities, and social sciences.
Monday 10-3; Wednesday 10-1; Thursday 10-3