Welcome to Women and Gender in the Early ChurchEileen M. Harney
Office Location: Dalrymple 32
The Early Church was a body fraught with debate and controversy. Among the many and varied concerns of the Fathers of the Church was the role of women. This course will consider the diverse positions and situations of women during the formation and formalization of the Early ChurchÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s structure. It will explore fundamental arguments concerning womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“appropriateÃ¢â‚¬Â behavior and the principles from which these arguments arose. In addition to the philosophical debates and assertions relative to proper conduct, it will consider accounts of Ã¢â‚¬Å“exemplaryÃ¢â‚¬Â women. Several of these women perform acts and present behaviors that appear contradictory to tenets of the time. While examining the place of women, the course will explore the expected positions and behavior of men. It will also consider the fluidity of gender present in certain early Christian accounts. Readings will include works by Augustine, Ambrose, Jerome, John Chrysostom, and Tertullian.