Representations of the Feminine in the Middle Ages

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Bonnie Wheeler
Boydell & Brewer, 1993 - Literary Collections - 355 pages
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The essays in this volume have a common theme and preoccupation: an intention to present medieval women - in life, literature, hagiography and art - as they thought of themselves, teased from the work of theirintermediaries (Hildegard of Bingen, Christine of Pisan) or from the works, words and social milieux of men (Chaucer's women, Chretien's patrons, the empress Theodora and others). Feminea Mediaevalia is designed to foreground feminine and feminist topics and issues in the field of medieval studies. Contributors: DEBORAH EVERHART, STEPHEN STALLCUP, JENNIFER R. GOODMAN, BONNIE WHEELER, JEAN E. JOST, JO GOYNE, RENE…JUSTICE STANDLEY, DEREK BAKER, SAMUEL LYNDON GLADDEN, PAULA MARTIN, PATRICIA STIRNEMANN, DONNA J. OESTREICH, MARIANNE SINRAM, ELIZABETH NIGHTLINGER, ANN HUTCHISON, MICHAEL HOLAHAN.
  

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Contents

Criseyde through her own eyes
23
reviewing the complaint
43
the element of despair in Chaucers Squires
69
rhetoric and gender in the Franklins
84
the poetics of sexual desire
117
the problem of word and will in Chaucers Clerks
139
The role of the empress Theodora in the imperial panels at the church
161
aspects of the imperial mosaics
175
a selfportrait of disruptive excess
217
Hildegard of Bingens
235
Paradigmatic
253
the spiritual and political meaning of chains at
277
the case
291
letters of a recusant nun
329
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Bonnie Wheeler is Director of the Medieval Studies Program at Southern Methodist University.

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