Women, the Book, and the Worldly: Selected Proceedings of the St Hilda's Conference, Oxford, Volume II

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Overview

This second volume of proceedings from the 'Women and the Book' conference, held at St Hilda's College, Oxford in 1993, brings together fifteen papers dealing with women's experience in the secular literary world. It covers the whole variety of roles women might take, as patrons, authors, readers, and characters in secular literature; encompassed in its range are well-known characters, real and fictional, such as Christine de Pisan and the Wife of Bath, and the more obscure but no less fascinating topic of women in Chinese medieval court poetry. Like its predecessor Women, the Book, and the Godly(Brewer, 1995), this volume illuminates the world of medieval women with careful scholarship and attention to sources, producing new readings and new materials which shed fresh light on an increasingly important field of study. Contributors: PATRICIA SKINNER, PHILIP E. BENNETT, JENNIFER GOODMAN, CHARITY CANNON-WILLARD, BENJAMIN SEMPLE, ANNE BIRRELL, JEANETTE BEER, MARK BALFOUR, CAROL HARVEY, HEATHER ARDEN, KAREN JAMBECK, JULIA BOFFEY, JENNIFER SUMMIT, MARGARITA STOCKER
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780859914796
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/5/1995
  • Series: Women and the Book Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 0.50 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction
Women, Literacy and Invisibility in Southern Italy, 900-1200 1
Female Readers in Froissart: Implied, Fictive and Other 13
'That wommen holde in ful greet reverence': Mothers and Daughters Reading Chivalric Romances 25
Pilfering Vegetius? Christine de Pizan's Faits d'Armes et de Chevalerie 31
The Consolation of a Woman Writer: Christine de Pizan's Use of Boethius in Lavision-Christine 39
In the Voice of Women: Chinese Love Poetry in the Early Middle Ages 49
Women, Authority and the Book in the Middle Ages 61
Francesca da Rimini and Dante's Women Readers 71
The Variant Passages in the Wife of Bath's Prologue and the Textual Transmission of The Canterbury Tales: The 'Great Tradition' Revisited 85
Philippe de Remi's Manekine: Joie and Pain 103
Women as Readers, Women as Text in the Roman de la Rose 111
Reclaiming the Woman in the Book: Marie de France and the Fables 119
Lydgate's Lyrics and Women Readers 139
William Caxton, Margaret Beaufort and the Romance of Female Patronage 151
Apocryphal Entries: Judith and the Politics of Caxton's Golden Legend 167
Index of Manuscripts 183
General Index 185
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