The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women's Writing

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Beginning with an examination of the different stages of women's lives--childhood, virginity, marriage and widowhood, this Companion addresses various aspects of medieval life that affected women's writing. These include the nature of authorship in the period, the position of women at home or in nunneries, and their relationship to religion. Additional essays cover the lives and work of such prominent women writers as Heloise, Marie de France, Christine de Pizan, Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe and Joan of Arc. A chronology and guides to further reading add information which students and scholars will find invaluable.


Contributors; Chronology Chris Africa; Introduction Carolyn Dinshaw and David Wallace; Part I. Estates of Women: 1. Female Childhoods Daniel T. Kline; 2. Virginity Ruth Evans; 3. Marriage Dyan Elliott; 4. Widows Barbara Hanawalt; 5. Between Women Karma Lochrie; Part II. Texts and Other Spaces: 6. Women and authorship Jennifer Summit; 7. Enclosure Christopher Cannon; 8. At home; out of the house Sarah Salih; 9. Beneath the pulpit Alcuin Blamires; Part III. Medieval Women: 10. Heloise Christopher Baswell; 11. Marie de France Roberta L. Krueger; 12. The Roman de la Rose, Christine de Pizan, and the querelles des femmes David F. Hult; 13. Lyrics and romances Sarah McNamer; 14. Julian of Norwich Nicholas Watson; 15. Margery Kempe Carolyn Dinshaw; 16. Continental women mystics and English readers Alexandra Barratt; 17. Joan of Arc Nadia Margolis; Guide to further reading.


Carolyn Dinshaw is Professor of English and Director of the Centre for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University. She is the author of Chaucer's Sexual Poetics (1989), and Getting Medieval: Sexualities and Communities, Pre- and Postmodern (1999). David Wallace is Judith Rodin Professor at the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the editor of The Cambridge History of Medieval Literature, and the author of Chaucerian Polity.


'While The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women's Writing comprehensiveness makes it valuable as an introduction to the field, individual articles such as Summit's, as well as Christopher Cannon's argument in 'enclosure' for anchoritic life and literature as 'crucial arenas in which the modern self was first defined and mapped' will also recommend this volume as are source for advanced scholars.' Arthuriana 'Dinshaw and Wallace are to be congratulated for achieving excellent coverage of the subject, and for producing a volume which more than meets the high standards set by others in this series.' Women's History Magazine '... a significant overview of women's writing during the Middle Ages ...'. Sixteenth Century Journal 'Readers with an interest in medieval women's writing will find plenty of stimulating and original material in this new companion.' Anglia '... the volume offers an impressive range of essays representing a variety of methodologies and perspectives. ... the volume makes an equal worthy read from beginning to end ...' Envoi
EAN: 9780521791885
ISBN: 052179188X
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Companions to Litera'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2003
Seitenanzahl: 316 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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