Gendered Voices: Medieval Saints and Their Interpreters by Catherine M. MooneyGendered Voices: Medieval Saints and Their Interpreters by Catherine M. Mooney

Gendered Voices: Medieval Saints and Their Interpreters

EditorCatherine M. Mooney

Paperback | May 1, 1999

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"These studies . . . not only illuminate the past with a fierce and probing light but also raise, with nuance and power, fundamental issues of interpretation and method."--from the Foreword by Caroline Walker BynumFemale saints, mystics, and visionaries have been much studied in recent years. Relatively little attention has been paid, however, to the ways in which their experiences and voices were mediated by the men who often composed their vitae, served as their editors and scribes, or otherwise encouraged, protected, and collaborated with the women in their writing projects. What strategies can be employed to discern and distinguish the voices of these high and late medieval women from those of their scribes and confessors? In those rare cases where we have both the women's own writings and writings about them by their male contemporaries, how do the women's self-portrayals diverge from the male portrayals of them? Finally, to what extent are these portrayals of sanctity by the saints and their contemporaries influenced not so much by gender as by genre?Catherine Mooney brings together a distinguished group of contributors who explore these and other issues as they relate to seven holy women and their male interpreters and one male saint who claims to incorporate the words of a female follower in an account of his own life.

Title:Gendered Voices: Medieval Saints and Their InterpretersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 9.02 × 6.04 × 0.92 inPublished:May 1, 1999Publisher:University Of Pennsylvania PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0812216873

ISBN - 13:9780812216875

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The gender and cultural biases inherent in historic writings are the focus of editor Catherine M. Mooney`s superb collection entitled Gendered Voices: Medieval Saints and Their Interpreters. Specifically, the writings of women about themselves compared to the writings of men about those same female writers receive close scrutiny. The contributors to Gendered Voices attempt to discern the differences between male and female writings. Caroline Walker Bynum provides a thoughtful and insightful foreword to this important addition to gender studies.