The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women's Writing
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Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women's Writing by Carolyn Dinshaw
Book DescriptionThe 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521796385
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 22-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Carolyn Dinshaw
Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women's Writing, Hardback (May 2003)
This Companion examines the lives of medieval women by focusing on the texts that emerged from and shaped their experience.
Getting Medieval, Paperback (September 1999)» View all books by Carolyn Dinshaw
Explores how particular sexual practices and identifications were normalized while others were outlawed in medieval England. This work demonstrates how intellectual inquiry into pre-modern societies can contribute invaluably to contemporary issues in cultural studies. It also attempts to make connections between past and present cultures.
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Author Biography - Carolyn Dinshaw
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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