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Encounter : Medieval Drag Acts?

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Rory Critten
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2019 -> 2019

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre de printemps
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


This class sets modern drag theory and practice in conversation with moments of deliberate gender performance in a range of medieval contexts. It asks: what happens when men present as women, or when women present as men, then and now? Is the gender binary reaffirmed through the gesture? Or subverted? Or bypassed? What gender positions besides masculinity and femininity can drag make available in modern and medieval contexts? We will begin by reading a series of theoretical texts treating historical gender studies and the theory and practice of drag before going on to look at the construction and performance of gender roles in medieval drama and lyric, in Chaucer's Wife of Bath's Prologue, in the thirteenth-century romance Silence, and in Gower's Tale of Iphis and Iante.


Students will write an essay of 3,000 words citing at least four articles or book chapters. Students should define their own topics. The secondary materials chosen should be recent (ideally post 2000), relevant to the topic discussed, and integrated intelligently into the proposed argument. When considering their bibliography, students should use the following resources (available via the UNIL library):

Literature Online: https://search.proquest.com/lion
International Medieval Bibliography: http://cpps.brepolis.net/bmb/search.cfm

Essays must be submitted to Dr. Critten's email address (rory.critten@unil.ch), as pdfs having the authors' surnames as their titles, by 09.00 on 25.05.

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