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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Fall 2005

FR 355 • GENDER/IDENTITY IN FRENCH RENAISSANCE LITERATURE - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34975 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
BEN 1.106
BIZER

Course Description

In the Renaissance, if it is natural for men to take up the pen to write, it is expected that women will care for their families and busy themselves with their distaffs and spindles. It is exceedingly difficult for women of the period to be recognized as writers. However, since the debate on the Roman de la Rose, a 13th century allegorical poem, a new feminist discourse began to develop, protesting traditional male misogyny and demanding that women be allowed to compete with men in the literary realm. We are going to examine how masculine and feminine identities are constructed in male literary discourse on women and conversely, in female literary discourse about men, and how gender identity affects literary creation itself. Note: this is a significant writing component course. COURSE NUMBER MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT WHEN THE TOPICS VARY.

Grading Policy

Participation 20% Short paper (4-5 pp.) 25% Explication de texte (4-5 pp.) 25% Final paper (8-10 pp.) 30%

Texts

Louise Labé and Pernette Du Guillet, Ruvres poétiques, éd. Charpentier Labé, Ruvres complêtes, éd. Rigolot (recommended) Marguerite de Navarre, L'Heptaméron Pierre de Ronsard, Les Amours Michel de Montaigne, Essais Madeleine et Catherine des Roches, Oeuvres Marie de Gournay, Discours sur légalité des femmes

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