ENG483H1S - L5101

Advanced Studies Seminar: Writing Medieval Women’s Lives


Wednesday 6 pm - 8 pm


C. Balot

E-mail: carroll.balot@utoronto.ca

Office location

JHB 734

Brief Description of Course

Stories of medieval women are compelling in their own right and have inspired some innovative works of contemporary literature. We will pair our readings of medieval women’s texts with these new stories to generate our own dialogue about the resonance of medieval women’s lives today. 

Required Reading(s)

Marie de France’s collected works; Lauren Groff, Matrix; Abelard and Heloise, letters; Book of Margery Kempe; lives of virgin martyrs; Karen Cushman, Catherine, Called Birdy, Katherine Chen, Joan.

First Three Authors/Texts

Abelard and Heloise, letters; Marie de France’s collected works; Lauren Groff, Matrix

Method of Evaluation

  • Annotated bibliography
  • Seminar paper
  • Presentations
  • Discussion