Saints and Sinners: Writing about women in classical antiquity and the English Middle Ages (BA and MA Lecture)

Dienstag, 07.12.2021

In this lecture, which is aimed at students of English literature and students of classical philology, we will explore representations of women in classical, antique, and medieval literature - of saints like Mary and Mary Magdalene, of women from classical myths like Dido, Medea, Phaedra, and Philomela, and of women from historical accounts and poetry like Lucretia. During antiquity and the medieval period, writers frequently drew upon, and adapted, these representations to teach women how (not) to behave.

How, and to what effect, did writers take up and adapt the stories of these women? And why do these women continue to fascinate writers and readers alike? Studying the portrayal of saintly and sinful women in antiquity as well as their afterlives in the medieval period, we will pay special attention to the transformation, or medievalisation, of these figures and the stories around them.

Half of the lectures will be delivered in German, the other half in English. Texts will be available in the original (Latin or Middle English) as well as in German or modern English translation.

No separate registration is required to attend regular lectures/seminars.

Veranstaltungsart:Vorlesung/Seminar vor Ort
Dozierende(r): Prof. Dr. Annette Kern-Stähler, Prof. Dr. Gerlinde Huber-Rebenich
07.12.2021:10:15 - 12:00
Ort:Raum: F021 (Keine Angabe)
0 36
3012 Bern

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