The Queer Middle Ages

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

The Queer Middle Ages

Spring 2018

Taught By: Allen Strouse

Section: A

CRN: 7139

Credits: 4

This course will explore the queerness of the European Middle Ages. We will read medieval works with a queer flavor—poems about homoerotic heroes, hagiographies about cross-dressing saints, sermons by gender-bending mystics, and tales by avowed gender outlaws. We will approach those texts both in their historical contexts and in light of contemporary queer theory. And we will also consider how medieval literature has served as a crucial cultural resource in the development of modern queer identity (especially for thinkers like Walter Pater, Oscar Wilde, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Kehinde Wiley). Texts will include: “The Seafarer,” Chaucer’s “The Pardoner’s Tale,” several anonymous saints lives, homilies by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, gay Hebrew love lyrics from Muslim Spain; as well as excerpts from Pater’s The Renaissance, Wilde’s “De Profundis,” and Pasolini’s adaptation of The Canterbury Tales.)

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 8:30pm 6/24/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 050

Date Range: 1/23/2018 - 5/10/2018