Capstone Seminar: Sex, Celibacy, and Purity in the Middle Ages

HISTORY459S

Explores notions of medieval sex, gender and sexuality in discussion and writing. Particular focus on diversity and fluidity of ideas about the body, sexuality, chastity, homosexuality, and male and female gender characteristics. Examination of these ideas in context of spirituality and holiness, particularly in light of the church's teachings on Christ, Mary, and the saints’ sexuality (or lack thereof). Additional examination of the place of politics and wealth in defining gender roles and expectations about sexuality. One course. 

Crosslisting Numbers

MEDREN426SRELIGION415S

Curriculum Codes: 

CCI, CZ, EI, R

Theme (Concentration)

Emotions and Psychology of the Self, Women, Gender and Sexuality

Region

Europe and Russia