Undergraduate Course: Women Writers of Latin (LATI10045)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will explore the works of three different extraordinary women writers of Latin from the Middle Ages: a tenth-century abbess named Hrotswitha who wrote comedies, a woman scholar and abbess of the twelfth century named Heloise, who conducted a passionate and profound correspondence with the philosopher Peter Abelard, and a Rhineland mystic - famous in her own day and for centuries to come - Hildegard of Bingen, who recorded her visions in a lucid and unforgettably distinctive Latin style.
This course will both function as a general introduction to the flourishing of Latin literature during the High Middle Ages, during the periods called the Ottonian and Twelfth-Century Renaissances, and as a particular introduction to the works of three extraordinary women authors, Hrotswitha, Heloise and Hildegard. Works read will include the comedies of Hrotswitha, the letters between the philosopher Peter Abelard and his erstwhile student Heloise, and the Scivias, or visions, of Hildegard of Bingen.
Students will learn about the differences between classical and medieval Latin, explore three very different genres - comedy, epistolography, and mystagogy, and discover the role of women in the literary culture of the Middle Ages.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
4,000 word Essay (40%)
Linguistic Exercise (30%)
Alternative to Exam (30%)
||Students will receive feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours for this course or by appointment.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
- demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
|Brown, P. R. and S. L. Wailes, A Companion to Hrotsvit of Gandersheim (fl. 960) (Leiden 2013)|
Dronke, P. Women Writers of the Middle Ages: A Critical Study of Texts from Perpetua to Marguerite (Cambridge 1984).
Gilson, E. Heloise and Abelard (Ann Arbor 1960).
Kienzle, B. M. et al. (eds), A Companion to Hildegard of Bingen (Leiden 2014)
McLaughlin, M. and B. Wheeler, The Letters of Heloise and Abelard: A Translation of Their Collected Correspondence and Related Writings (New York 2010)
Mews, C. J. Abelard and Heloise (Oxford 2005).
Newman, B. Sister of Wisdom: St Hildegard's Theology of the Feminine (Berkeley 1987)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||- ability to do independent research.
- ability to critically analyse texts and sources.
- ability to synthesize complex information.
|Course organiser||Dr Justin Stover
Tel: (0131 6)50 9110
|Course secretary||Miss Sara Dennison
Tel: (0131 6)50 2501