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The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women's Writing

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Chris Africa, Carolyn Dinshaw, David Wallace, Daniel T. Kline, Ruth Evans, Dyan Elliott, Barbara Hanawalt, Karma Lochrie, Jennifer Summit, Christopher Cannon, Sarah Salih, Alciun Blamires, Christopher Baswell, Roberta L. Krueger, David F. Hult, Sarah McNamer, Nicholas Watson, Alexandra Barratt, Nadia Margolis
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  • Date Published: May 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521796385

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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.

    • Covers texts by major Medieval figures including Marie de France, Joan of Arc, and Julian of Norwich
    • Essays by a team of renowned specialists in the field
    • The first book of its kind at an introductory level
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    'While The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women's Writing comprehensiveness makes it valuable as an introduction to the field, individual articles such as Summit's, as well as Christopher Cannon's argument in 'enclosure' for anchoritic life and literature as 'crucial arenas in which the modern self was first defined and mapped' will also recommend this volume as are source for advanced scholars.' Arthuriana

    'Dinshaw and Wallace are to be congratulated for achieving excellent coverage of the subject, and for producing a volume which more than meets the high standards set by others in this series.' Women's History Magazine

    '… a significant overview of women's writing during the Middle Ages …'. Sixteenth Century Journal

    'Readers with an interest in medieval women's writing will find plenty of stimulating and original material in this new companion.' Anglia

    '… the volume offers an impressive range of essays representing a variety of methodologies and perspectives. … the volume makes an equal worthy read from beginning to end …' Envoi

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521796385
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 139 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Contributors
    Chronology Chris Africa
    Introduction Carolyn Dinshaw and David Wallace
    Part I. Estates of Women:
    1. Female Childhoods Daniel T. Kline
    2. Virginity Ruth Evans
    3. Marriage Dyan Elliott
    4. Widows Barbara Hanawalt
    5. Between Women Karma Lochrie
    Part II. Texts and Other Spaces:
    6. Women and authorship Jennifer Summit
    7. Enclosure Christopher Cannon
    8. At home
    out of the house Sarah Salih
    9. Beneath the pulpit Alcuin Blamires
    Part III. Medieval Women:
    10. Heloise Christopher Baswell
    11. Marie de France Roberta L. Krueger
    12. The Roman de la Rose, Christine de Pizan, and the querelles des femmes David F. Hult
    13. Lyrics and romances Sarah McNamer
    14. Julian of Norwich Nicholas Watson
    15. Margery Kempe Carolyn Dinshaw
    16. Continental women mystics and English readers Alexandra Barratt
    17. Joan of Arc Nadia Margolis
    Guide to further reading.

  • Editors

    Carolyn Dinshaw, New York University
    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, University of Pennsylvania
    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.

    Contributors

    Chris Africa, Carolyn Dinshaw, David Wallace, Daniel T. Kline, Ruth Evans, Dyan Elliott, Barbara Hanawalt, Karma Lochrie, Jennifer Summit, Christopher Cannon, Sarah Salih, Alciun Blamires, Christopher Baswell, Roberta L. Krueger, David F. Hult, Sarah McNamer, Nicholas Watson, Alexandra Barratt, Nadia Margolis

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