FYS 101 Love and Sex in the Medieval World

This class will explore the construction of gender, notions about sexuality and sex difference, and how these ideas affected lived experience during the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance. We will explore the traditions, theories, and scientific ideas that profoundly influenced medieval and Renaissance conceptions of sex and gender, including courtly love, Galenic and Aristotelian medicine, the writings of Church Fathers, and humanism. Since these theoretical ideas could contradict, we will also look at the experience of men and women who lived within – or rejected – the boundaries of accepted behavior