HIST 2082 Of Ice and Men: Masculinities in the Medieval North (also FGSS 2082, MEDVL 2081) (GHB) (HA-AS, HST-AS, SCD-AS) (HPE, HEU)
Tuesday and Thursday: 2:55-4:10 plus Independent Research
Professor Oren Falk
The Middle Ages are usually imagined as a time of manly men and feminine women: no room for gender ambiguity in Conan the Barbarian! Yet gender, then as now, was in fact unstable, multiple, and above all, constructed. This course explores the different ways masculinity was understood, manufactured, and manipulated in northern Europe – primarily early Ireland, England, and Scandinavia – using a variety of literary, legal, historical, archaeological, and artistic sources. Students will gain new perspectives on both gender and sex, on the one hand, and the history of medieval Europe, on the other.
Photograph, Viking Wooden Statue by T. H. Jensen • Age 47 • Odense C/Danmark • Member since March 6, 2016 Free at: https://pixabay.com/images/id-1508586/