Sex and the Text: Gender and Authority in Late Medieval France (MLF3072)
Late medieval France was a transitional period for French history and culture. During the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the era of the Hundred Years War and Joan of Arc, France struggled to free herself from the English threat and bloody civil war, while women struggled to find a voice. Many socio-cultural norms were being challenged at this time, including misogynous stereotypes perpetuated by literary and non-literary writings. You’ll encounter some of the most important sexual and textual debates of this era, their origins, development, and repercussions for French identity and society; their historical context; and their modern visual legacy.