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.

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.

Women S Lives In Medieval Europe

Author: Emilie Amt
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134720606
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Long considered to be a definitive and truly groundbreaking collection of sources, this book presents the everyday lives and experiences of women in the Middle Ages.

Women And Writing In Medieval Europe A Sourcebook

Author: Carolyne Larrington
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134843329
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Carolyne Larrington has gathered together a uniquely comprehensive collection of writing by, for and about medieval women, spanning one thousand years and Europe from Iceland to Byzantiu. The extracts are arranged thematically, dealing with the central areas of medieval women's lives and their relation to social and cultural institutions. Each section is contextualised with a brief historical introduction, and the materials span literary, historical, theological and other narrative and imaginative writing. The writings here uncover and confound the stereotype of the medieval woman as lady or virgin by demonstrating the different roles and meanings that the sign of woman occupied in the imaginative space of the medieval period. Larrington's clear and accessible editorial material and the modern English translations of all the extracts mean this work is ideally suited for students. Women and Writing in Early Europe: A Sourcebook also contains an extensive and fully up-to-date bibliography, making it not only essential reading for undergraduates and post graduates but also a valuable tool for scholars.

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.