Women in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

An investigation of the literary, medical and philosophical treatment of women in medieval and early modern Europe. We will consider works by both female and male authors, thus enabling us to compare ways in which women saw themselves with the ways in which they were seen by men. The cult of women as well as misandry and misogyny, and debates centering around such crucial matters as childbirth, witchcraft and the evil eye will be explored. Among the authors we will consider are Hildegard von Bingen, Christine de Pizan, Giovanni Boccaccio, Geoffrey Chaucer, Aphra Behn, Veronica Franco, and William Shakespeare.
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015399
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384
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384