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ENG 380 Medieval Women: Mystics, Courtiers, and Stereotypes: Home
This class re-examines who medieval women were as well as our own notions about them.
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This book by one of our most admired and influential medievalists offers a fundamental reconception of the person generally assumed to be the first woman writer in French, the author known as Marie de France.
Barbara Newman, a premier Hildegard authority, brings major scholars together to present an accurate portrait of the Benedictine nun and her many contributions to twelfth-century religious, cultural, and intellectual life.
John Coakley explores male-authored narratives of the lives of Catherine of Siena, Hildegard of Bingen, Angela of Foligno, and six other female prophets or mystics of the late Middle Ages. His readings reveal the complex personal and literary relationships between these women and the clerics who wrote about them.
This book gives a detailed picture of the contributions made by women writers to Western literature from the third century to the thirteenth. The emphasis throughout is on personal testimonies, and on texts that have notable literary or intellectual interest. Thus the book affords many new insights into medieval literature, not only into the writings of renowned women such as Hrotsvitha or Heloise, but also into those of a number of neglected writers who are exceptional in their gifts and individuality.
The author re-reads the text making reference to recent theoretical conceptualizations and taking into consideration the figure of Margery Kempe as mystic, preacher and pilgrim. This book looks into the multiple layers of interpretation that this autobiography from the 15th century allows today, highlighting the importance of The Book of Margery Kempe as the first English autobiography, unique surviving example of travel text by a female pilgrim, and socio-historical document.
The medieval period is commonly perceived as particularly misogynistic, yet the culture of the time constructed a "case for women" that is little known today. This book sets out to demonstrate the existence of substantial pro-feminine traditions extending back from the Middle Ages to the fourth century. Blamires offers a readable discussion of what kind of "feminism" or otherwise these traditions amount to, and what they contribute to key writers such as Chaucer, Christine de Pizan, and Abelard."
Popular culture is rife with representations of medieval women. From versions of Guinevere as a warrior queen to the women in Game of Thrones, modern media repeatedly attempts to harness the imagined power of the medieval woman. But who were these women actually? While our media perpetuates the image of the empowered medieval warrior, our culture is also predicated on a belief in progression, a notion of a diachronic history that begins with female oppression and ends in liberation. This class deconstructs these narratives of progress versus empowerment to re-examine who medieval women were as well as our own notions about them. Focusing primarily on works written by medieval women, the course seeks to reconstruct medieval women from their own voices. In doing so, we will explore not only the historical woman but also our modern assumptions about gender, feminism, and female empowerment.
Formally, the class is structured by the belief that historical inquiry provides a foundation for reexamining our own assumptions about our society and ourselves. Thus we will juxtapose historical and modern examples of medieval women to examine our own preconceptions, challenging our own ideas about historical progress and gender norms.