Gendering the Master Narrative: Women and Power in the Middle Ages

Gendering the Master Narrative: Women and Power in the Middle Ages

by Mary C. Erler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801488303

ISBN-13: 9780801488306

Pub. Date: 06/15/2003

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Gendering the Master Narrative asks whether a female tradition of power might have existed distinct from the male one, and how such a tradition might have been transmitted. It describes women's progress toward power as a push-pull movement, showing how practices and institutions that ostensibly enabled women in the Middle Ages could sometimes erode their authority as…  See more details below

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Gendering the Master Narrative asks whether a female tradition of power might have existed distinct from the male one, and how such a tradition might have been transmitted. It describes women's progress toward power as a push-pull movement, showing how practices and institutions that ostensibly enabled women in the Middle Ages could sometimes erode their authority as well.This book provides a much-needed theoretical and historical reassessment of medieval women's power. It updates the conclusions from the editors' essential volume on that topic, Women and Power in the Middle Ages, which was published in 1988 and altered the prevailing view of female subservience by correcting the nearly ubiquitous equation of "power" with "public authority." Most scholars now accept a broader definition of power based on the interactions between men and women.In their Introduction, Mary C. Erler and Maryanne Kowaleski survey the directions in which the study of medieval women's agency has developed in the past fifteen years. Like its predecessor, this volume is richly interdisciplinary. It contains essays by highly regarded scholars of history, literature, and art history, and features seventeen black-and-white illustrations and two maps.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801488306
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
06/15/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction: A New Economy of Power Relations: Female Agency in the Middle Ages1
1Women and Power through the Family Revisited17
2Women and Confession: From Empowerment to Pathology31
3"With the Heat of the Hungry Heart": Empowerment and Ancrene Wisse52
4Powers of Record, Powers of Example: Hagiography and Women's History71
5Who Is the Master of This Narrative? Maternal Patronage of the Cult of St. Margaret94
6"The Wise Mother": The Image of St. Anne Teaching the Virgin Mary105
7Did Goddesses Empower Women? The Case of Dame Nature135
8Women in the Late Medieval English Parish156
9Public Exposure? Consorts and Ritual in Late Medieval Europe: The Example of the Entrance of the Dogaresse of Venice174
10Women's Influence on the Design of Urban Homes190
11Looking Closely: Authority and Intimacy in the Late Medieval Urban Home212
References229
Contributors257
Index261

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