Women and Experience in Later Medieval Writing: Reading the Book of Life

Hardcover | April 27, 2009

EditorAnneke B. Mulder-bakker

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By tracing the theme through different texts and genres, contributors uncover the fabric of experience woven into the writings by, for, and about women. They discover distinct and informal “communities of discourse” and study the learning, reading, and writing practices which women enjoyed. By showing how such practices ran both parallel to, but also often incorporated, traditional, male-focused learning activity this volume advances the “new” genre of “the book of life” and makes a compelling case for a new reading of medieval texts.

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By tracing the theme through different texts and genres, contributors uncover the fabric of experience woven into the writings by, for, and about women. They discover distinct and informal “communities of discourse” and study the learning, reading, and writing practices which women enjoyed. By showing how such practices ran both parall...

Anneke Mulder-Bakker is Emerita at the University of Leiden and previously taught Medieval History and Medieval Studies at the University of Groningen. She is the author of Sanctity and Motherhood; The Invention of Saintliness; The Prime of Their Lives: Wise Old Women in Pre-Industrial Europe (together with Renée Nip) and Lives of the...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.61 × 5.64 × 0.68 inPublished:April 27, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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“The editors of this volume emphasize the importance of ‘communities of discourse’ in the sharing of knowledge in informal contexts, including domestic settings…Women and Experience in Later Medieval Writing invites us to rethink the perceived dichotomy between male or masculine learning and female or feminine experience. Indeed it goes so far as to challenge its validity. In so doing it invites us to reconsider our very understanding of what constitutes education.”—Diane Watt, Professor of English, Aberystwyth University and author of Medieval Women’s Writing and Secretaries of God: Women Prophets in Late Medieval and Early Modern England