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The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Alcuin Blamires

Abstract

Misogyny is of course not the whole story of medieval discourse on women: medieval culture also envisaged a case for women. But hitherto studies of profeminine attitudes in that period's culture have tended to concentrate on courtly literature, on female visionary writings, or on attempts to transcend misogyny by major authors such as Christine de Pizan and Chaucer. This book sets out to demonstrate something different: that there existed from early in the Middle Ages a corpus of substantial traditions in defence of women, on which the more familiar authors drew, and that this corpus itself co ... More

Keywords: misogyny, women, medieval culture, courtly literature, female visionary writings, Christine de Pizan, Chaucer, Middle Ages, patristic literature, biblical apocrypha

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198186304
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alcuin Blamires, author
University of Wales
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