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Women writers of the Middle Ages : a critical study of texts from Perpetua ([dagger] 203) to Marguerite Porete ([dagger] 1310) / Peter Dronke.

By: Dronke, Peter.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1984Description: xi, 338 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0521255805; 9780521255806; 0521275733 (pbk.); 9780521275736 (pbk.).Subject(s): Literature, Medieval -- History and criticism | European literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism | Women -- History -- Middle Ages, 500-1500 | Women and literature -- Europe -- History -- To 1500 | European literatures Women writers, 203-1310 - Critical studiesDDC classification: 809/.89287 Other classification: 17.76
Contents:
From Perpetua to the eighth century -- Dhuoda -- Hrotsvitha -- Personal poetry by women: the eleventh and twelfth centuries -- Heloise, Excursus: Did Abelard write Heloise's third letter? -- Hildegard of Bingen -- From Hildegard to Marguerite Porete.
Summary: This book is the first to give a detailed picture of the contributions made by women writers to western literature from the third century to the thirteenth. Many of the texts Peter Dronke presents and interprets have hitherto remained unknown, or virtually inaccessible; some have never been edited or translated before. The emphasis throughout is on personal testimonies, and on texts that have notable literary or intellectual interest. Thus the book affords many new insights into medieval literature, not only into the writings of renowned women such as Hrotsvitha or Heloise, but also into those of a number of neglected writers who are exceptional in their gifts and individuality.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 320-332).

Includes indexes.

From Perpetua to the eighth century -- Dhuoda -- Hrotsvitha -- Personal poetry by women: the eleventh and twelfth centuries -- Heloise, Excursus: Did Abelard write Heloise's third letter? -- Hildegard of Bingen -- From Hildegard to Marguerite Porete.

This book is the first to give a detailed picture of the contributions made by women writers to western literature from the third century to the thirteenth. Many of the texts Peter Dronke presents and interprets have hitherto remained unknown, or virtually inaccessible; some have never been edited or translated before. The emphasis throughout is on personal testimonies, and on texts that have notable literary or intellectual interest. Thus the book affords many new insights into medieval literature, not only into the writings of renowned women such as Hrotsvitha or Heloise, but also into those of a number of neglected writers who are exceptional in their gifts and individuality.

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Peter Dronke is Professor of Medieval Latin Literature in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of the British Academy

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