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    Vassar College
  Dec 15, 2017
Catalogue 2017-2018
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WMST 220 - Medieval and Renaissance Culture

1 unit(s)
(Same as HIST 220  and MRST 220 ) Topic for 2016/17b: Sex, Power, and Resistance in the Renaissance. From the fifteenth century until the end of the seventeenth century, European women and men argued about the nature and status of woman and their debates still engage us today. Critically, this period represents a shift in thinking about women. We examine literature, treatises, and polemical works that reveal how the discussion shifted from theological to biological definitions of woman. How did people in the Renaissance articulate biological and intellectual differences between men and women? How did they view sexual identity? Furthermore, women, such as Isabella of Castile, Elizabeth I, and Catherine de Medici, became powerful rulers, as a result of hereditary accidents, which gave greater urgency to the definition of power and gender. While many women accepted the more conventional patriarchal framework, others resisted and challenged the denigration of woman through writing, legal action and work. Sumita Choudhury.

Not offered in 2017/18.

Two 75-minute periods.

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