HUMS 210, Women in the Middle Ages
Medieval understandings of womanhood examined through analysis of writings by and/or about women, from antiquity through the Middle Ages. Introduction to the premodern Western canon and assessment of the role that women played in its construction.
Professor Christiana Purdy Moudarres
Christiana Purdy Moudarres is Assistant Professor of Italian Language and Literature. After completing her Ph.D. in Italian literature at Yale, she went on to pursue her interest in Medieval Studies through Yale Divinity School’s M.A.R. program. Her research interests include Dante, the intersection of medieval science and religion, and gender studies. She has published articles on natural philosophy and theology in the Divine Comedy and has edited three volumes on medieval and early modern literature: Table Talk: Perspectives on Food in Medieval Italian Literature, New Worlds and the Italian Renaissance: Contributions to the History of European Intellectual Culture, and Dante’s Volume from Alpha to Omega (forthcoming). An Ahmanson Research Fellow and Visiting Scholar at UCLA’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies from 2012-2013, she is currently completing her first book, A Sacred Banquet: Medicine and Theology in Dante’s Commedia, under review with University of Notre Dame Press.