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The History of British Women's Writing, 700-1500
Volume One
 
 
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12 Dec 2011
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This volume focuses on women's literary history in Britain between 700 and 1500, a period traditionally marginalized in accounts of women's writing in English. Such marginalization, the editors argue, has been brought about in part by the erroneous assumption that there were no women writers operating in Britain before the emergence of Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The History of British Women's Writing 700-1500 therefore vigorously refutes this premise by focusing on a wide range of texts written by, for, and in collaboration with women from the Anglo-Saxon period through to the beginning of the sixteenth century.

By also considering women's writing in the context of the deeply multicultural and multilingual milieu which was medieval 'Britain', it uncovers a wide range of women's literary activity undertaken in Latin, Welsh and Anglo-Norman as well as in the English vernacular and, in so doing, demands a rethinking of the long-established traditions of 'English' literary history – and even the concept of 'writing' itself.


Description

This volume focuses on women's literary history in Britain between 700 and 1500, a period traditionally marginalized in accounts of women's writing in English. Such marginalization, the editors argue, has been brought about in part by the erroneous assumption that there were no women writers operating in Britain before the emergence of Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The History of British Women's Writing 700-1500 therefore vigorously refutes this premise by focusing on a wide range of texts written by, for, and in collaboration with women from the Anglo-Saxon period through to the beginning of the sixteenth century.

By also considering women's writing in the context of the deeply multicultural and multilingual milieu which was medieval 'Britain', it uncovers a wide range of women's literary activity undertaken in Latin, Welsh and Anglo-Norman as well as in the English vernacular and, in so doing, demands a rethinking of the long-established traditions of 'English' literary history – and even the concept of 'writing' itself.


Reviews

'This collection is a noteworthy addition to the bibliography on women's contributions to medieval literature...McAvoy and Watt are to be commended for compiling an outstanding collaborative history of women's writings, as well as a significant history of medieval literature. It will be profitably read by anyone interested in medieval literature or women's writing. With its assessments of prior and current scholarship and its generous notes and bibliography, it offers a thorough overview of the field for graduate students, and its informative, well-written, and original essays make it recommended reading for anyone studying women's writing.' - Monica Brzezinski Potkay, The Review of English Studies 
 
'McAvoy and Watt aim with this volume to establish a more engaging and relevant dialogue between past and present, and they succeed. The History of British Women's Writing, 700-1500 is, in fact, an exciting and valuable contribution to the study of medieval literature and feminist studies.' - Make Mag



Contents

Acknowledgments
Notes on Contributors
Chronology
Introduction: Writing a History of Women's Writing from 700 to 1500; L.Herbert McAvoy & D.Watt
PART I: PRE-TEXTS AND CONTEXTS
Women and the Origins of English Literature; C.A.Lees & G.R.Overing
Literary Production Before and After the Conquest; C.A.M.Clarke
The French of the English and Early British Women's Literary Culture; C.Batt
Women Writers in Wales; J.Cartwright
Medieval Antifeminism; A.Bernau
PART II: BODIES, BEHAVIOURS AND TEXTS
Romance; C.Saunders 
Saints' Lives; S.Horner 
Devotional Literature; M.M.Sauer 
Marian Literature; S.Niebryzdowski 
Late Medieval Conduct Literature; M.J.Seaman
PART III: LITERACIES AND LITERARY CULTURES
Women and their Manuscripts; C.M.Meale 
Women and Reading; L.Farina 
Women and Networks of Literary Production; E.Robertson 
Anonymous Writers; L.H.McAvoy 
Women Translators; A.Barratt 
Women's Letters, 1350-1500; J.Daybell
PART IV: FEMALE AUTHORITY
Christine de Pizan and Joan of Arc; N.B.Warren 
Mary of Oignies; J.N. Brown 
Bridget of Sweden; L.Saetveit Miles 
Catherine of Siena; A.C. Grisé 
Julian of Norwich; A.Appleford 
Margery Kempe; D.Watt 
'A Revelation of Purgatory'; M.C.Erler
Bibliography
Index


Authors

LIZ HERBERT MCAVOY,Reader in Gender Studies and Medieval Literature at Swansea University, UK, where she also directs the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research. She has published widely in the area of medieval women's writing and has recently completed a book on gender, space and medieval anchoritic enclosure.
DIANE WATT,Professor of English Literature atSurrey University, UK,andDeputy Director of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, a research collaboration between Aberystwyth and BangorUniversities. She has published widely onmedieval literature and culture and her recent publications include Medieval Women's Writing and The Lesbian Premodern (co-edited with Noreen Giffney and Michelle Sauer.