Women Writers of the Middle Ages: A Critical Study of Texts from Perpetua to Marguerite Porete / Edition 1

Women Writers of the Middle Ages: A Critical Study of Texts from Perpetua to Marguerite Porete / Edition 1

by Peter Dronke
     
 

This book is the first to give a detailed picture of the contributions made by women writers to western literature from the third century to the thirteenth. Many of the texts Peter Dronke presents and interprets have hitherto remained unknown, or virtually inaccessible; some have never been edited or translated before. The emphasis throughout is on personal… See more details below

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This book is the first to give a detailed picture of the contributions made by women writers to western literature from the third century to the thirteenth. Many of the texts Peter Dronke presents and interprets have hitherto remained unknown, or virtually inaccessible; some have never been edited or translated before. The emphasis throughout is on personal testimonies, and on texts that have notable literary or intellectual interest. Thus the book affords many new insights into medieval literature, not only into the writings of renowned women such as Hrotsvitha or Heloise, but also into those of a number of neglected writers who are exceptional in their gifts and individuality.

Already highly influential, Women Writers of the Middle Ages continues to be essential reading for specialists and students alike in medieval literature, medieval intellectual history, and women's studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521275736
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/12/1984
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
338
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
1From Perpetua to the Eighth Century1
2Dhuoda36
3Hrotsvitha55
4Personal Poetry by Women: the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries84
5Heloise107
Excursus: Did Abelard Write Heloise's Third Letter?140
6Hildegard of Bingen144
7From Hildegard to Marguerite Porete202
Texts229
Hildegard of Bingen231
Women's Testimonies from the Register of Jacques Fournier265
Marguerite Porete275
Abbreviations279
Notes281
Bibliography320
Index of Manuscripts334
General Index335

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