HIST 305

Women and Gender in Pre-Modern Europe

Although men largely dominated the public sphere in pre-modern Europe, women left their mark on this world in a number of ways, as rulers and warriors, saints and visionaries, writers and artists. After a brief comparison of women?s and men?s roles in the Greco-Roman, Judeo-Christian, and Germanic traditions, the course traces the evolution of conceptions of gender through the sixteenth century, with an emphasis on medieval and early modern Europe. The course will also consider how factors such as social class, religion, age, and marital status interacted with gender to determine the experience of pre-modern women and men.