Scribner Seminar Program
The Debate About Women in the Middle Ages
Instructor(s): Karen Greenspan, English
The medieval debate about women had enduring impact upon Western ideas about gender and authority. In this seminar, we will study questions raised by medieval theologians, philosophers, poets, artists, and critics about the nature of women, their abilities, virtues and vices, their power, and their proper relation to men. We will explore the implications of these questions both in medieval terms and in light of modern critical, historical, and especially feminist discussions.