GER 509 / MED 509 / GSS 510 / COM 504

Middle High German Literature II: Gender, Sanctity, and Popular Piety in the Middle AgesCourse Cancelled

Sara S. Poor

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Seminar explores constructions of sanctity in texts and objects from the tenth to the fifteenth centuries. Beginning with saintly Queens, working through mystic writings, and ending with popular material culture surrounding vernacular legends and cults, we ask what constitutes holiness in these situations, as well as the relationship of these ideals to medieval understandings of gender: the multivalence of virginity; the gendering of male clergy; the different valuation of ascetic practices in male versus female holy women; the significance of female cross-dressing in proving female sanctity.

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