Sample 16th- & 17th-Century Women's Studies Syllabus

A Sample 16th- and 17th-Century Women's Studies Syllabus

Week One: Translations, Imitations, and Editions
Selections from the Psalms by Mary Sidney, Calvin's Sermons by Ann Locke, and manuscripts by Esther Inglis
Related Web Sites:
Brown Women Writers Project Text List

Week Two: Drama, Part One
Readings: Mary Wroth, Love's Victorie
Related Web Sites:
Pamphilia to Amphilanthus The Renascence Edition, edited by Richard Bear and Micah Bear.

Week Three: Letters and Speeches
Readings: Excerpts from The Lisle Letters; letters of Catherine Parr; letters and speeches of Elizabeth Tudor, etc., in Betty Travitsky, ed. Paradise ofWomen
Related Web Sites:
Renaissance Women: Courtly Power

Weeks Four and Five: Biography and Autobiography
Readings: Selections from Christine de Pisan, City of Ladies and Treasury of City of Ladies; from Teresa of Avila; from Anne Askew.
Related Web Sites:
biography of Christine de Pisan, by Danuta Bois.
Teresa of Avila, maintained by the Province of the Tersian Carmel in Austria.

Week Six: Poetry
Readings: Isabella Whitney; Catherine and Madeline des Roches; Mary, Queen of Scots; Aemilia Lanyer; Katherine Philips.
Related Web Sites:
Creating A Celebration of Women Writers, edited by Mary Mack Ockerbloom
Brown Women Writers Project
An Edition of Isabella Whitney's Sweet Nosegay, edited by the Students of Sara Jayne Steen's English 410 Senior Seminar, "Recovering Renaissance Women Writers," Autumn 1995, Montana State University-Bozeman
Aemilia Lanyer Homepage--Listserv, Biography, and Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum, maintained by Kari Boyd McBride

Week Seven: Music
"Readings": Anna von Koeln (c. 1480-1530); Caterina Assandra (1570-1610); Antonia Bembo (1640-1715); Suster Bertleen
Related Web Sites:
(the first three are maintained by Sarah Whitworth)
Chronological List of Women Composers before 1740
Music Instrument Digital Soundfile [MIDI] for Mostly Early, Mostly Women, Composers
Extant Works by Women
Sixteenth Century Ballads, maintained by Greg Lindahl
Week Eight: Prose Fiction
Readings: Excerpts from Margueritte de Navarre, Heptameron; Margaret Cavendish, Blazing Worlds
Related Web Sites:
Bodleian Library: Towards an Image Collection Marguerite de Navarre meeting musicians and a peasant, from the beginning of Marguerite's 'La Coche ou le Debat de l'Amour': France, c.1540 (MS. Douce 91, fol. 3r).

Week Nine: History
Readings: Selections from Anne Dowriche, The French Historie; Elizabeth Cary, Edward II
Related Web Sites:
Timeline of French History, 1515-1596, maintained by Le Poulet Gouche (an organization with links to the Society for Creative Anachronism)

Weeks Ten and Eleven: Art
"Readings": Sofonisba Anguissola, Lavinia Fontana, Josefa Ayala, Maria Van Oosterwyck
Related Web Sites:
16th- and 17th-century Women Artists
Lavinia Fontana at the NMWA
Renaissance Embroidery from the Vatican Collection
Distinguised Women of Past and Present by Danuta Bois

Week Twelve: Prose Non-Fiction
Readings: Selections from Dorothy Leigh, Mother's Advice; Eleanor Davies, prophecies; Jane Anger, defence of women; Margaret Fell, Women's Speaking Justified
Related Web Sites:
Women's Speaking Justified E-text version maintained by Larry Kuenning.
Spinning with the Brain, Guide to audio and print resources concerning seventeenth-century women, developed by the BBC.

The World Turned Upside Down, a brief history and glossary of religious reform efforts in seventeenth-century England from a Quaker perspective.
Week Thirteen: Drama, Part Two
Readings: Aphra Behn, The Rover
Related Web Sites:
The Aphra Behn Page, maintained by Ruth Nestvold.

Additional Readings and Critical Resources:
Catherine R. Eskin, "Women in Shakespeare," an annotated bibliography of critics writing about women in the Renaissance, written for students in E203 at NTNU Trondheim.
Joan Korenman, Women's Studies Resources Outside UMBC, a fantastic catalogue of web sites.
Joan Korenman, British and Irish Authors on the Web, an extensive list with links to pages on men and women writers of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England.

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