Women And Literature In Britain, 1150-1500: Women & Literature In Britain by Carol M. MealeWomen And Literature In Britain, 1150-1500: Women & Literature In Britain by Carol M. Meale

Women And Literature In Britain, 1150-1500: Women & Literature In Britain

EditorCarol M. Meale, Patrick Boyde

Paperback | January 28, 1997

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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.
Title:Women And Literature In Britain, 1150-1500: Women & Literature In BritainFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:January 28, 1997Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521576202

ISBN - 13:9780521576208

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Table of Contents

Chronology; List of illustrations; Introduction; 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.

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This collection of essays offers a pioneering review of women's access to literary culture in medieval Britain, and their representation within it. The rise of female literacy and women's activities as writers, patrons and readers, are examined in the context of wider questions of orality and literacy. The representation of women in different literary genres, secular and religious, shows the ways in which their position was understood in a variety of roles, as lovers, mothers and saints. This revised edition, newly available in paperback, includes a unique chronology offering a woman-centred perspective on historical and literary events before 1500, together with a guide to further reading.

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