2023-2024 Catalog

HIST 330 Gender and Sexuality in Medieval Europe

Noble knights and fair ladies loom large in stereotypical depictions of the middle ages, but how did people in medieval Europe (c. 500-1500) really think about and experience gender and sexuality? In this intensive seminar, students will explore ongoing scholarly debates about a range of intersectional identities, including genderbending martyrs, celibate royals, and lesbian peasant women. Students will gain particular expertise in one scholarly field by writing an annotated bibliography, and will contribute to that field by writing a paper in which they analyze related sources from the middle ages. [GM1, SS]