The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe

Paperback | November 5, 2016

EditorJudith M. Bennett, Ruth Mazo Karras

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The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe provides a comprehensive overview of the gender rules encountered in Europe in the period between approximately 500 and 1500 C.E. The essays collected in this volume speak to interpretative challenges common to all fields of women'sand gender history - that is, how best to uncover the experiences of ordinary people from archives formed mainly by and about elite males, and how to combine social histories of lived experiences with cultural histories of gendered discourses and identities. The collection focuses on Western Europein the Middle Ages but offers some consideration of medieval Islam and Byzantium. The Handbook is structured into seven sections: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim thought; law in theory and practice; domestic life and material culture; labour, land, and economy; bodies and sexualities; gender and holiness; and the interplay of continuity and change throughout the medieval period.It contains material from some of the foremost scholars in this field, and it not only serves as the major reference text in medieval and gender studies, but also provides an agenda for future new research.

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The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe provides a comprehensive overview of the gender rules encountered in Europe in the period between approximately 500 and 1500 C.E. The essays collected in this volume speak to interpretative challenges common to all fields of women'sand gender history - that is, how best to unc...

Judith M. Bennett teaches women's history and medieval history at the University of Southern California. She is the author of a number of books and articles on medieval women and on the feminist practice of history, as well as a popular textbook on medieval European history. Ruth Mazo Karras teaches history at the University of Minne...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:640 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.01 inPublished:November 5, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198779380

ISBN - 13:9780198779384

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Table of Contents

1. Judith M. Bennett and Ruth Mazo Karras: Women, Gender, and Medieval HistoriansPart I Gendered Thinking2. Dyan Elliott: Gender and the Christian Traditions3. Judith R. Baskin: Jewish Traditions about Women and Gender Roles: From Rabbinic Teachings to Medieval Practice4. Jonathan P. Berkey: Women and Gender in Islamic Traditions5. Amalie Foessel: The Political Traditions of Female Rulership in Medieval Europe6. Katharine Park: Medicine and Natural Philosophy: Naturalistic TraditionsPart II Looking through the Law7. Janet L. Nelson and Alice Rio: Women and Laws in Early Medieval Europe8. Carol Lansing: Conflicts over Gender in Civic Courts9. Marie A. Kelleher: Later Medieval Law in Community Context10. Susan Mosher Stuard: Brideprice, Dowry, and Other Marital Assigns11. Sara McDougall: Women and Gender in Canon LawPart III Domestic Lives12. Maryanne Kowaleski: Gendering Demographic Change in the Middle Ages13. Katherine L. French: Genders and Material Culture14. Elisheva Baumgarten: Gender and Daily Life in Jewish Communities15. Rachel Stone: Carolingian Domesticities16. Sarah Rees Jones: Public and Private Space and Gender in Medieval Europe17. Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane: Pious DomesticitiesPart IV Land, Labor, Economy18. Sally McKee: Slavery19. Kathryn Reyerson: Urban Economies20. Jane Whittle: Rural Economies21. Joanna H. Drell: Aristocratic EconomiesPart V Bodies, Pleasures, Desires22. Monica H. Green: Caring for Gendered Bodies23. Kathryn M. Ringrose: The Byzantine Body24. Helmut Puff: Same-Sex Possibilities25. E. Jane Burns: Performing CourtlinessPart VI Engendering Christian Holiness26. Lisa M. Bitel: Gender and the Initial Christianization of Northern Europe (to 1000 CE)27. Albrecht Diem: The Gender of the Religious: Wo/men and the Invention of Monasticism28. Fiona J. Griffiths: Women and Reform in the Central Middle Ages29. Anneke B. Mulder-Bakker: Devoted Holiness in the Lay World30. Miri Rubin: Cults of Saints31. John H. Arnold: Heresy and Gender in the Middle Ages32. Kathleen Ashley: Cultures of DevotionPart VII Turning Points and Places33. Kate Cooper: The Bride of Christ, the "Male Woman", and the Female Reader in Late Antiquity34. Constance H. Berman: Gender at the Medieval Millennium35. Martha C. Howell: Gender in the Transition to Merchant Capitalism36. Laura Stokes: Toward the Witch Craze37. Roberta L. Krueger: Towards Feminism: Christine de Pizan, Female Advocacy, and Women's Textual Communities in the Late Middle Ages and Beyond

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`Students will appreciate the Handbook for its helpful introductions, while more advanced readers and specialists in the field will find the new interpretations, provocative thinking and illustrative material inspiring. The volume ought to be on everyone's bookshelf or, in electronic form,bookmarked on one's computer. The editors should be congratulated on having gathered together the very best in current scholarship.' Elisabeth Van Houts, English Historical Review