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Women Writers of the Middle Ages: A Critical Study of Texts from Perpetua ((Dagger) 203) to Marguerite Porete ((Dagger) 1310)

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This book gives a detailed picture of the contributions made by women writers to Western literature from the third century to the thirteenth. Many of the texts Peter Dronke presents and interprets have hitherto remained unknown, or virtually inaccessible; some have never been edited or translated before. 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. Already highly influential, Women Writers of the Middle Ages continues to be essential reading for specialists and students alike in medieval literature, medieval intellectual history, and women's studies.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. From Perpetua to the eighth century; 2. Dhuoda; 3. Hrotsvitha; 4. Personal poetry by women: the eleventh and twelfth centuries; 5. Heloise; 6. Hildegard of Bingen; 7. From Hildegard to Marguerite Porete; Texts; Abbreviations; Notes; Bibliography; Index of manuscripts; General index.

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Jason Straight, February 14, 2011 (view all comments by Jason Straight)
Expanding the Western canon. Dronke's classic book is as important and timely now as ever. Somewhere between an anthology and a scholarly survey, Dronke discusses the writings of women from the 3rd-14th centuries. This book avoids the pitfall of artificially creating a genre of "women's literature" but rather considers women writers as creative and innovative authors. This book is essentially for anyone interested in Medieval history, women's history, or western literature. Dronke's book is a powerful indictment of the patriarchal institution that is the Western Literary Canon by showing that women writers should be included, not for the sake of diversity, but because their works can stand on their own merits alongside the greatest works of male geniuses.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780521275736
Author:
Dronke, Peter
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge Cambridgeshire ;
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Literature, medieval
Subject:
Women and literature
Subject:
European literature
Subject:
Women -- History -- Middle Ages, 500-1500.
Subject:
Literature, Medieval -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Women and literature -- History.
Subject:
European literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Literature, Medieval--History and criticism L
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
1200
Publication Date:
19840531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.16x5.94x.85 in. 1.15 lbs.
Age Level:
Women--History--Middle Ages, 500-1500

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