ITAL532 - VISIONARY WOMEN IN MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN ITALY

Section Description: 
The course traces the flowering of Christian visionaries (mostly women) in Italy between the thirteenth and the seventeenth centuries. We will pay close attention to the writings of some of the more famous women, notably Claire of Assisi, Catherine of Siena, Angela of Foligno, Lucia Brocadelli, and Veronica Guiliani (all of whom can be read in English as well as in the original) and contextualize them with secondary sources about gender roles and the aspects of "female Christianity," especially connected to the materiality of women, in pre-modern Italy (Bynum, McGinn, Zarri, etc.). The course will meet on the 6th floor of Van Pelt Library to take advantage of the manuscript and early book holdings at Penn in this field. Class participation and a research paper will be required of each student. Reading knowledge of Italian and Latin will be helpful. Undergraduate students must have permission of the instructor to enroll.
Instructors: 
MATTER, E.
Day and Time: 
M 0200PM-0500PM
Room: 
VAN PELT LIBRARY 629
Section ID: 
ITAL532401
Title (text only): 
VISIONARY WOMEN IN MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN ITALY
Subject Area: 
ITAL
Term: 
2018C
Term Session: 
0
Activity: 
SEM
Course Number Only: 
532
Section Number Only: 
401
Cross Listings: 
    Status: 
    O
    Course ID: 
    ITAL532