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Encounter : Women and Space in the Middle Ages

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Juliette Vuille
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2017 -> 2017

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre d'automne
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 4.00


This seminar aims to provide students with a deeper understanding of gender and space in the Middle Ages, at the same time as it encourages them, with the medieval period as a starting point, to start thinking critically about the different ways space is gendered today.


This seminar will constitute an encounter with the ways space was gendered in the medieval period, and how literary production encoded gender geographically. Students will learn to qualify the binary association of women with the private sphere, and men with the public life (with the common, public woman as a liminal case) by examining how religion, socio-economic status, or professional activity changed the geography of women's medieval experience, as well as exploring the ways in which women challenged these fleeting geographical boundaries through pilgrimage, festivals, visionary experiences, etc... Through excerpts from Ancrene Wisse, Chaucer's "Wife of Bath Prologue", and the writings of Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe (with additional use of shorter passages from patristic writings, other women writers on the Continent, etc...), this seminar will offer students a broader understanding of what it meant to be a woman in the Middle Ages in England, and will point to ways gender was used in literature to signify other concerns, such as heterodoxy, social status, the difference between religious and secular, and that between public and private.


An essay of 3000 words (8-9 pages)*, together with a short input presentation in class. Presentations (alone or in groups depending on attendance) will involve presenting a short analysis of a primary text with the help of secondary, critical, material. Details to be discussed at the first meeting of the seminar.

*For the 3000-words essay the deadline is 15 January 2018. Students following the 'plan d'études 2013' may also write an extended essay of 4000 words (11-12 pages), deadline t.b.a.


Set Texts: The Book of Margery Kempe, ed. Barry Windeatt (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2004). A reader will further be provided.

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