Medieval Women S Writing

Author: Diane Watt
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780745657639
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Medieval Women's Writing is a major new contribution to our understanding of women's writing in England, 1100-1500. The most comprehensive account to date, it includes writings in Latin and French as well as English, and works for as well as by women. Marie de France, Clemence of Barking, Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe, and the Paston women are discussed alongside the Old English lives of women saints, The Life of Christina of Markyate, the St Albans Psalter, and the legends of women saints by Osbern Bokenham. Medieval Women's Writing addresses these key questions: Who were the first women authors in the English canon? What do we mean by women's writing in the Middle Ages? What do we mean by authorship? How can studying medieval writing contribute to our understanding of women's literary history? Diane Watt argues that female patrons, audiences, readers, and even subjects contributed to the production of texts and their meanings, whether written by men or women. Only an understanding of textual production as collaborative enables us to grasp fully women's engagement with literary culture. This radical rethinking of early womens literary history has major implications for all scholars working on medieval literature, on ideas of authorship, and on women's writing in later periods. The book will become standard reading for all students of these debates.

An Introduction To Women S Writing

Author: Marion Shaw
ISBN: 0132064596
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This volume is a survey of writing by women from the Middle Ages to the late 1990's. It comprises nine essays by women scholars who are experts in a particular period of literary history and who have an interest in feminist criticism. The book also establishes characteristics belonging to each period, and also suggests ways in which continuities and developments have emerged. Although this text is informed by feminist criticism, it is also designed to be accessible to readers unacquainted with feminist literary theory and caters to both a general and an undergraduate readership.

Women S Writing In English

Author: Laurie Finke
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman Ltd
ISBN: 0582259401
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Taking as its guiding emblem Christine de Pizan's metaphor of a city of ladies, this volume refuses to treat the medieval woman writer as an anomaly, a lone genius who somehow managed to transcend the limitations of her sex. It insists that women have always participated fully, if not equally, with men in the creation of culture, even during the Middle Ages and it examines the record of women's cultural participation in medieval England. The very novelty of this idea suggests that the recovery of women's writing should precipitate a thorough revision of the assumptions on which the traditional literary canon and most of our literary history were built. The book weaves together a survey of medieval women's writing in English with an analysis of the theoretical issues at stake in their recovery, demonstrating that a closer attention to the texture of women's lives and literacies illuminates the collective nature of women's writing and its dialogic relations with the dominant culture. Laurie A. Finke challenges medieval historians to consider how a better understanding of women's lives and intellectual interests will alter traditional understandings of this period; at the same time she challenges feminist literary theorists to consider the ways in which medieval literature calls into question the notion of authorship upon which modern literary criticism, and with it feminist criticism, has depended. Women's Writing in English: Medieval England examines women's writing not only in traditional genres such as poetry, drama, and romance but in a variety of genres which are often excluded from literary canons including medical treatises, correspondence, and the visionary and devotional genres in which women wrote most prolifically. Major writers examined include Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe, and the Paston women. In addition, the author examines the influence on English literary history of major continental writers such as Marie de France and Christine de Pizan.

Women Writing Latin

Author: Laurie J. Churchill
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135377359
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This book is part of a 3-volume anthology of women's writing in Latin from antiquity to the early modern era. Each volume provides texts, contexts, and translations of a wide variety of works produced by women, including dramatic, poetic, and devotional writing. Volume Two covers women's writing in Latin in the Middle Ages.

Writing Medieval Women S Lives

Author: C. Goldy
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137074706
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A collection of essays representing the growing variety of approaches used to write the history of medieval women. They reflect the European medieval world socially, geographically and across religious boundaries, engaging directly with how the medieval women's experience wa reconstructed, as well as what the experience was.

A Sisterhood Of Seclusion Medieval Women S Writing

Author: Kristin Charney
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 9783656953272
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Seminar paper from the year 2012 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, , course: English, language: English, abstract: Religious women writers have never been fully recognized for the enormous contribution they made to modern feminism. By looking at religious texts, we can identify that these women have made a literary difference with their proto-feminist texts. It is currently accepted within Women’s Studies and other gender-related studies that feminism is divided into three distinct waves. These waves are divided according to their respective time periods, shifts in ideologies, and sociopolitical change. First-wave feminism, infamous for the battle for women’s suffrage and changes to marriage laws, was followed in the 1960s by the second-wave: a period dedicated to political activism, and a period that spawned the emergence of Marxist feminism, liberal feminism, and socialist feminism. The third wave was a realization and embracement of different cultures and classes of women, and resulted in the expansion of the definition of feminism. While the method of dividing the periods of feminism into waves is effective, it is also restrictive when taking into consideration the catalyst (or catalysts) for modern feminism. Scholars embarking on their journey in Women’s Studies or other related courses are readily introduced to the most graphic images of feminism: pioneers for women’s suffrage being hauled off to prison, radical feminists yelling during the most extreme of riots, and visibly distressed and conflicted career women. Students simultaneously become well versed with a unique feminist lexicon, a vocabulary full of caustic words such as “castration,” “gender discrimination,” and “pornography.” In addition to the infamous images and feminist terminology, scholars are also introduced to some highly palatable literature. English classes focusing on women’s literature familiarize students with a variety of late Victorian classics, such as Kate Chopin’s The Awakening and Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper, before cautiously entering the increasingly complex realm of Virginia Woolf and Betty Friedan. More specialized courses focus on earlier works, and occasionally investigate the relevance of the ‘birth’ of feminism by reading Wollstonecraft and Mary Astell. Yet women’s studies and women’s literature courses, while educational and highly informative, largely fail to consider the earliest of women’s movements.