The Cambridge companion to medieval women's writing /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Dinshaw, Carolyn., Wallace, David, 1954-
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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This invaluable collection of essays addressing women's involvement in the textual world of the Middle Ages includes contributions by historians as well as literary scholars. By covering areas of activity defined for women (childhood, virginity, marriage, widowhood, friendships among women), the essays provide a solid context in which to set women's literary activity. By covering areas of textual activity that may not have involved direct authorship (writings of and to visionaries, anchorites, women within households, women wishing to contribute to the activities of the church), the essays offer a view of women's lives in various areas. Finally, by presenting essays on medieval women authors (Marie de France, Christine de Pizan, Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe, Joan of Arc, and others), the volume gives the reader a renewed sense of women's achievements in the context of the conditions described in the other essays. Although other collections cover some of these issues with more specificity (for example, Studying Medieval Women: Sex, Gender, Feminism, ed. by Nancy Partner, 1993, for example), this is a fine collection, particularly for those who want to get a solid, overall view of the field before looking more closely at primary texts. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. Cowgill St. Mary's University of Minnesota

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