Women, the Book, and the Worldly

Women, the Book, and the Worldly

Selected Proceedings of the St Hilda's Conference, Oxford, Volume II

Edited by Lesley Smith, Jane H.M. Taylor

Hardback
$99.00

D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

Studies of women's roles in the secular literary world, as patrons, authors, readers, and characters in secular literature.
This second volume of proceedings from the `Women and the Book' conference, held at St Hilda's College, Oxford in 1993, brings together fifteen papers dealing with women's experience in the secular literary world. It covers the whole variety of roles women might take, as patrons, authors, readers, and characters in secular literature; encompassed in its range are well-known characters, real and fictional, such as Christine de Pisan and the Wife of Bath, and the more obscure but no less fascinating topic of women in Chinese medieval court poetry. Like its predecessor Women, the Book, and the Godly(Brewer, 1995), this volume illuminates the world of medieval women with careful scholarship and attention to sources, producing new readings and new materials which shed fresh light on an increasingly important field of study.

Contributors: PATRICIA SKINNER, PHILIP E. BENNETT, JENNIFER GOODMAN, CHARITY CANNON-WILLARD, BENJAMIN SEMPLE, ANNE BIRRELL, JEANETTE BEER, MARK BALFOUR, CAROL HARVEY, HEATHER ARDEN, KAREN JAMBECK, JULIA BOFFEY, JENNIFER SUMMIT, MARGARITA STOCKER

Details

October 1995
3 line illustrations
208 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9780859914796
Format: Hardback
D.S.Brewer
BIC DSBB
BISAC LCO003000
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Table of Contents

`Women, literacy and invisibility in Southern Italy, 900-1200'. - Patricia E Skinner
`Female readers in Froissart: implied, fictive and other'. - Philip E Bennett
``That wommen holde in ful greet reverence': mothers and daughters reading chivalric romances'. -
`Pilfering Vegetius? Christine de Pizan's Faits d'armes et de chevalerie'. - Charity Cannon Willard
`The consolations of a woman writer: Christine de Pizan and the Boethian `Consolatio' tradition'. - Benjamin Semple
`In the voice of women: Chinese love poetry in the early Middle Ages'. - Anne Birrell
`Women, authority and the book in the Middle Ages'. - Jeanette Beer
`Francesca da Rimini and Dante's women readers'. -
`The variant passages in the Wife of Bath's Prologue and the textual transmission of The Canterbury Tales: the `Great Tradition' revisited'.Tradition' revisited'. - Beverly Kennedy
`Philippe de Remi's Manekine: Joie and pain'. - Carol J Harvey
`Women as readers, women as text in Le Roman de la Rose'. - Heather Arden
`Reclaiming the woman in the book: Marie de France and the Fables'. - Karen K Jambeck
`Lydgate's lyrics and women readers'. - Julia Boffey
`William Caxton, Margaret Beaufort and the romance of female patronage'. - Jennifer Summit
`Apocryphal entries: Judith in Caxton's Golden Legend'. - Margaux Stocker

Reviews

The articles are all lively, concise and readable: each contribution illuminates a variety of issues connected to women and reading, particularly secular reading, and each offers insights applicable well beyond its immediate context. SPECULUM

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