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Module Outline

Week 1

Lecture: Introduction; Medieval Misogyny and the ‘Defence’ of Women

Seminar: ‘Three Medieval Views of Women’

 

Week 2

Lecture: Women in Medieval Saints’ Lives

Seminar: Clemence of Barking’s ‘Vie de Sainte Catherine d’Alexandrie’

 

Week 3

Lecture: Christine de Pizan and the Defence of Women

Seminar: Christine de Pizan ‘La Cité des Dames’ (extracts)

 

Week 4

Lecture: Misogyny and Gender in the Bestiaries

Seminar: The Second Family Bestiary (extracts)

 

Week 5

Lecture: Anti-Semitism in the Bestiaries

Seminar: The Second Family Bestiary (extracts)

 

Week 6

Reading Week

 

Week 7

Topic: Race, Religion, and the Medieval World-View

(museum and library trip to Oxford or virtual manuscripts session)

 

Week 8

Lecture: The Saracen Woman in Aucassin et Nicolette

Seminar: Aucassin et Nicolette

 

Week 9

Lecture: The Monstrous Races in Mandeville’s Travels

Seminar: Mandeville’s Travels

 

Week 10

Lecture: The Monstrous Races in Mandeville’s Travels

Seminar: Mandeville’s Travels