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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: June 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521796385

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  • 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.

    • 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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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...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

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    • Date Published: June 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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