The case for women in medieval culture / Alcuin Blamires.

By: Blamires, AlcuinMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: Oxford : New York : Clarendon Press ; Oxford University Press, 1998, c1997Description: 279 p. ; 23 cmISBN: 0198186304 (pbk.); 9780198186304 (pbk.); 0198182562; 9780198182566Subject(s): Women -- History -- Middle Ages, 500-1500 | Women in literature | Civilization, MedievalDDC classification: 305.409 LOC classification: HQ1143 | .B53 1998Other classification: EC 5126 | MS 3000 | NW 8100
Contents:
The formal case: the corpus -- The formal case: origins, procedures -- Honouring mothers -- Eve and the privileges of women -- The stable sex -- Exemplifying feminine stability -- Profeminine role models -- The formal case in Abelard, Chaucer, Christine de Pisan.
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Clarendon paperback.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [245]-267) and index.

The formal case: the corpus -- The formal case: origins, procedures -- Honouring mothers -- Eve and the privileges of women -- The stable sex -- Exemplifying feminine stability -- Profeminine role models -- The formal case in Abelard, Chaucer, Christine de Pisan.

Cataloged 1-6-98

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Students of medieval misogyny are familiar with the efforts of Christine de Pizan and others to defend women by establishing the significance of their historical and intellectual contributions, but few are aware of the roots and sources of that defense. This book traces the case for women, a body of ideas that sought to construct a positive view of women against their detractors, from its patristic roots through the late medieval writings of Chaucer and Pizan. Surveying texts, many little known, that articulate the formal case for women, Blamires explores medieval authors' treatment of women's creative role and consequent privileges, nutritional and peacemaking functions, and sexual stability, and analyzes their evocation of ancient role models. He devotes two chapters to the well-known authors Hrotsvitha, Abelard, Chretien de Troyes, Chaucer, and Christine de Pizan, evaluating their works in relation to earlier sources and traditions. In a work richly informed by his knowledge of medieval texts, contemporary criticism, and gender theory, Blamires argues persuasively that a strong case for women was available by the late Middle Ages, one capable of countering entrenched misogyny but with little room in which to maneuver. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. Harrie California State University, Bakersfield

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Alcuin Blamires is at University of Wales.

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