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Women and Literature in Britain, 1150–1500

Women and Literature in Britain, 1150–1500

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature

Judith Weiss, Flora Alexander, Jennifer Fellows, Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, Bella Millett, Felicity Riddy, Carol M. Meale, Julia Boffey, Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan
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  • Date Published: January 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521576208

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  • This collection of essays focuses on the questions of women's access to a written culture and their representation in literature in late medieval Britain. It explores women's engagement with Anglo-Norman, English, Welsh and Latin, and addresses such issues as orality and literacy and women's exclusion from a written tradition. It considers the historical evidence for women's activity as writers, patrons and readers, and examines the representation of women within different literary genres--both secular and religious--their possession or lack of power, and their roles as lovers, mothers and saints.

    • This is the first in-depth study of women and literature in late medieval Britain. It considers Welsh, Anglo-Norman and English texts as well as Latin ones
    • It considers women's literacy, and their role as writers, readers and patrons of literature
    • It studies the representation of women in literature in their different roles: powerful, powerless, mothers, lovers
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    "...a harbinger of the way our thinking about literary culture in the Middle Ages is destined to be transformed by...painstaking exhumations of women's lives and roles..." Studies in the Age of Chaucer

    "...Meale's Women & Literature in Britain, 1150-1500...demonstrate[s] the continuing vitality and energy of interdisciplinary methodologies in the field." Libraries & Culture

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521576208
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 150 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    1. The power and the weakness of women in Anglo-Norman romance Judith Weiss
    2. Women as lovers in early English romance Flora Alexander
    3. Mothers in Middle English romance Jennifer Fellows
    4. 'Clerc u lai, muine u dame': women and Anglo-Norman hagiography in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries Jocelyn Wogan-Browne
    5. Women in no-man's land: English recluses and the development of vernacular literature in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries Bella Millett
    6. 'Women talking about the things of God': a late medieval subculture Felicity Riddy
    7. '... Alle the bokes that I haue of latyn, englisch, and frensch': laywomen and their books in late medieval England Carol M. Meale
    8. Women authors and women's literacy in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England Julia Boffey
    9. Women and their poetry in medieval Wales Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan.

  • Editor

    Carol M. Meale


    Judith Weiss, Flora Alexander, Jennifer Fellows, Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, Bella Millett, Felicity Riddy, Carol M. Meale, Julia Boffey, Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan

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