Spring 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Murphy, Jessica
Discipline and Number
LIT 3383 Section 001
MW Time 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Course Title
Disease in Early Modern Lit

Description of Course:

What does it mean when Capulet calls his daughter “greensickness carrion” in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet? By now, many of us are familiar with some of the very gendered ideas about illnesses like hysteria in the nineteenth century and their influence on representations of women in literature. In this course, we will look to an earlier time to see if we can uncover its unique literary representations of female diseases specifically. We will look at canonical authors, popular literature, and practical texts in our study of gender and disease from 1500-1750 in English literature.

Required Texts:

William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi, and Ben Jonson's Bartholomew Fair.
Our other texts for the class will be available through the course reserves and/or in a course reader.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Work for the class will include regular attendance and participation, short writing assignments, and a project based in research.

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