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CO4024   Performing Early-Modern Sexualities

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

Early-modern perceptions of gender and sexuality were based less on a series of binary opposites (man/woman, male/female, masculine/feminine) than on a fluid continuum. The literature of the period demonstrates a particular interest in the performative nature of sexuality and gender, featuring male and female cross-dressers, bisexual clergymen, individuals of indeterminate sex and so on. Primary texts encompassing a variety of cultures and genres by male and female authors will be studied; these might include Veronica Franco's Terze rime, Catalina Erauso's The Lieutenant Nun, The Transvestite Memoirs of the AbbÚ de Choisy, and John Lyly's Gallathea. Some theory will also be studied, including short excerpts from Butler, Foucault and Laqueur.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Permission of the comparative literature honours adviser.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1.5 hours and 1 surgery hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 27

Guided independent study hours: 123

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: Written Coursework = 100%

Personnel

Module coordinator: Prof J T Prest
Module teaching staff: Team taught