Intersectional Identities in Medieval France


Were medieval French identities "intersectional?" What cultural evidence is there - in literature, theatrical performance, the visual arts, and the artifacts of everyday life - for such identity categories as "race," "sexuality," or "disability"? In this course we will investigate medieval French imaginaries of the racialized, gendered, classed, and abled/disabled body, seeking to: (a) understand the systems of power and privilege that undergirded medieval identities; (b) critique the contemporary perception of medieval Europe as an all-"white," male-dominated space (c) explore how contemporary critical identity studies can deepen our comprehension of medieval culture, and how medieval materials can offer new insights into contemporary identity formations. This course will be taught in English, with a weekly discussion section in French for undergraduates enrolling for French credit. Prereq: Fr 325, 326 or 300-level coursework in a related humanities field.
Course Attributes: EN H; BU BA; AS HUM; AS LCD; FA HUM; AR HUM; AS SC