The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

by Alcuin Blamires
     
 

The medieval period is commonly perceived as particularly misogynistic, yet the culture of the time constructed a "case for women" that is little known today. This book sets out to demonstrate the existence of substantial pro-feminine traditions extending back from the Middle Ages to the fourth century. Blamires offers a readable discussion of what kind

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Overview

The medieval period is commonly perceived as particularly misogynistic, yet the culture of the time constructed a "case for women" that is little known today. This book sets out to demonstrate the existence of substantial pro-feminine traditions extending back from the Middle Ages to the fourth century. Blamires offers a readable discussion of what kind of "feminism" or otherwise these traditions amount to, and what they contribute to key writers such as Chaucer, Christine de Pizan, and Abélard.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198186304
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. The Formal Case: The Corpus
2. The Formal Case: Origins, Procedures
3. Honouring Mothers
4. Eve and the Privileges of Women
5. The Stable Sex
6. Exemplifying Feminine Stability
7. Profeminine Role Models
8. The Formal Case in Abelard, Chaucer, Christine de Pizan
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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