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The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women's Writing
     

The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women's Writing

by Carolyn Dinshaw
 

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The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women's Writing seeks to recover the lives and particular experiences of medieval women by concentrating on various kinds of texts: the texts they wrote themselves as well as texts that attempted to shape, limit, or expand their lives. The first section investigates the roles traditionally assigned to medieval women (as virgins,

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The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women's Writing seeks to recover the lives and particular experiences of medieval women by concentrating on various kinds of texts: the texts they wrote themselves as well as texts that attempted to shape, limit, or expand their lives. The first section investigates the roles traditionally assigned to medieval women (as virgins, widows, and wives); it also considers female childhood and relations between women. The second section explores social spaces, including textuality itself: for every surviving medieval manuscript bespeaks collaborative effort. It considers women as authors, as anchoresses 'dead to the world', and as preachers and teachers in the world staking claims to authority without entering a pulpit. The final section considers the lives and writings of remarkable women, including Marie de France, Heloise, Joan of Arc, Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe, and female lyricists and romancers whose names are lost, but whose texts survive.

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"...an original and fresh mapping of the territory it examines..." Journal of English and Germanic Philology

"...[an] invaluable collection of essays...Highly recommended" Choice

"Chapters invoke the many texts that shaped medieval women's lives, [...] providing the contextual information necessary to comprehend how women came into contact with and contributed to medieval women's culture." Arthuriana

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781139816427
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/22/2003
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

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.

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