HUM300 201903 Undergraduate

Spring 2020
HUM 300
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Themes in Humanities: Medieval Women Writers

C. Anne Laskaya

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This course will allow us to enter into the often hidden parts of the Middle Ages through letters, diaries, memoirs, poetry, and essays written by women. These women include Radegund, a woman of the sixth century who escaped her husband by taking religious vows, and who was later declared a saint; tenth-century Hrotsvit of Gandersheim, who was among the earliest medieval writers to write plays; the twelfth-century Marie de France, whose imaginative writings makes her a "mother" of late medieval fantasy and quest narratives; and the fifteenth-century Christine de Pizan, the first professional medieval woman writer, author of the bold and original "Book of the City of Ladies." The course will include in-class activities, lectures and discussions, formal and informal writing assignments, quizzes, and a final exam.


A & L

Arts & Letters (A&L) courses create meaningful opportunities for students to engage actively in the modes of inquiry that define a discipline. Courses are broad in scope and demonstrably liberal in nature (that is, courses that promote open inquiry from a variety of perspectives). Though some courses may focus on specialized subjects or approaches, there will be a substantial course content locating that subject in the broader context of the major issues of the discipline. Qualifying courses will not focus on teaching basic skills but will require the application or engagement of those skills through analysis and interpretation.

A-Literature Pre-1500

Literature, Pre-1500 courses focus on writings produced from the Anglo-Saxon to late medieval periods to foster familiarity with key works in British and American literary history.  Literary history illustrates how literary works reflect, address, and resist the social and political environments in which they are produced as well as other works that have preceded them.  The study of early periods in particular sensitizes readers to historical transformations of the language itself.

F-Gender/Ability/Queer Studies/Sexuality

Gender, Ability, Queer Studies, and/or Sexuality courses focus on the ways that issues of sexuality, gender, queerness, and disability are represented, critiqued, and developed in media and literature.

English Minor

English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts.  The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.