The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women's Writing

The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women's Writing

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The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women's Writing by Carolyn Dinshaw

Beginning with an examination of the different stages of women's lives--childhood, virginity, marriage and widowhood, this Companion addresses various aspects of medieval life that affected women's writing. These include the nature of authorship in the period, the position of women at home or in nunneries, and their relationship to religion. Additional essays cover the lives and work of such prominent women writers as Heloise, Marie de France, Christine de Pizan, Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe and Joan of Arc. A chronology and guides to further reading add information which students and scholars will find invaluable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521791885
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/28/2003
Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

About 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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