Medieval Women S Writing

Author: Diane Watt
Publisher: Polity
ISBN: 9780745632551
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Medieval Women's Writing is a major new contribution to ourunderstanding of women's writing in England, 1100-1500. The mostcomprehensive account to date, it includes writings in Latin andFrench as well as English, and works for as well as by women. Mariede France, Clemence of Barking, Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe,and the Paston women are discussed alongside the Old English livesof women saints, The Life of Christina of Markyate, the St AlbansPsalter, and the legends of women saints by Osbern Bokenham. Medieval Women's Writing addresses these keyquestions: Who were the first women authors in the English canon? What do we mean by women's writing in the Middle Ages? What do we mean by authorship? How can studying medieval writing contribute to ourunderstanding of women's literary history? Diane Watt argues that female patrons, audiences, readers, andeven subjects contributed to the production of texts and theirmeanings, whether written by men or women. Only an understanding oftextual production as collaborative enables us to grasp fullywomen's engagement with literary culture. This radical rethinkingof early womens literary history has major implications for allscholars working on medieval literature, on ideas of authorship,and on women's writing in later periods. The book will becomestandard reading for all students of these debates.

The Cambridge Companion To Wilkie Collins

Author: Jenny Bourne Taylor
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139827331
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Wilkie Collins was one of the most popular writers of the nineteenth century. He is best known for The Woman in White, which inaugurated the sensation novel in the 1860s, and The Moonstone, one of the first detective novels; but he wrote over 20 novels, plays and short stories during a career that spanned four decades. This Companion offers a fascinating overview of Collins's writing. In a wide range of essays by leading scholars, it traces the development of his career, his position as a writer and his complex relation to contemporary cultural movements and debates. Collins's exploration of the tensions which lay beneath Victorian society is analysed through a variety of critical approaches. A chronology and guide to further reading are provided, making this book an indispensable guide for all those interested in Wilkie Collins and his work.

The Oxford Handbook Of Women And Gender In Medieval Europe

Author: Judith M. Bennett
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780191667305
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The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe provides a comprehensive overview of the gender rules encountered in Europe in the period between approximately 500 and 1500 C.E. The essays collected in this volume speak to interpretative challenges common to all fields of women's and gender history - that is, how best to uncover the experiences of ordinary people from archives formed mainly by and about elite males, and how to combine social histories of lived experiences with cultural histories of gendered discourses and identities. The collection focuses on Western Europe in the Middle Ages but offers some consideration of medieval Islam and Byzantium. The Handbook is structured into seven sections: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim thought; law in theory and practice; domestic life and material culture; labour, land, and economy; bodies and sexualities; gender and holiness; and the interplay of continuity and change throughout the medieval period. It contains material from some of the foremost scholars in this field, and it not only serves as the major reference text in medieval and gender studies, but also provides an agenda for future new research.

Promised Bodies

Author: Patricia Dailey
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231535526
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In Christianity, the body is a potentially transformative vehicle, and the writings of Hadewijch of Brabant, a thirteenth-century beguine, engage with this tradition in ways both singular to her mysticism and indicative of her theological milieu. This study links the embodied poetics of Hadewijch's visions and letters to the work of such mystics and visionaries as Julian of Norwich, Hildegard of Bingen, and Marguerite of Oingt. It introduces new criteria for re-assessing the style, language, interpretative practices, forms of literacy, and uses of textuality in women's mystical texts.

The Cambridge Companion To Feminist Literary Theory

Author: Ellen Rooney
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139826631
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Feminism has dramatically influenced the way literary texts are read, taught and evaluated. Feminist literary theory has deliberately transgressed traditional boundaries between literature, philosophy and the social sciences in order to understand how gender has been constructed and represented through language. This lively and thought-provoking Companion presents a range of approaches to the field. Some of the essays demonstrate feminist critical principles at work in analysing texts, while others take a step back to trace the development of a particular feminist literary method. The essays draw on a range of primary material from the medieval period to postmodernism and from several countries, disciplines and genres. Each essay suggests further reading to explore this field further. This is the most accessible guide available both for students of literature new to this developing field, and for students of gender studies and readers interested in the interactions of feminism, literary criticism and literature.