ENGL 344

Women in the Rensaissance

Prerequisite: Sophomores with permission. During the time of Shakespeare, the social position of women was both paradoxical and precarious. A woman ruled England, yet women were considered “naturally” inferior to men. In this course, we will examine Early Modern literature written by women- as well as literature written by men about women- that explores women’s various roles in both personal and public Renaissance settings. Offered alternate years. May be counted as a discipline-based course toward the minor in gender studies. III.W, V.2, V.5