Reading Medieval European Women Writers: Strong Literary Witnesses from the Past

Reading Medieval European Women Writers: Strong Literary Witnesses from the Past

by Albrecht Classen


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Despite a modern tendency to describe medieval women as suppressed and marginalized, a critical reading of relevant texts by female poets/writers demonstrates that women all over Europe in the premodern era enjoyed considerable freedom to express themselves and to contribute to the literary discourse of their time. This book brings together representative poets from Germany, England, France, Spain, Hungary, and Austria and thus develops an innovative pan-European perspective spanning from the tenth to the sixteenth century. Well-known writers are as much included as some rather little studied individuals, who all form part of a strong choir of female voices.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783631674079
Publisher: Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Publication date: 04/20/2016
Pages: 430
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Albrecht Classen is University Distinguished Professor of German Studies at the University of Arizona, researching and teaching European literature from ca. 800 to ca. 1800. In his more than 80 scholarly books and more than 600 articles he has focused on the history of mentality, gender studies, xenology, comparative literature, ecocriticism, and cultural history. He is the editor of Mediaevistik. He edited the Handbook of Medieval Studies as well as the Handbook of Medieval Culture. Recently his The Forest in Medieval German Literature appeared in print.

Table of Contents

Contents: Medieval European women writers - Hrotsvit of Gandersheim - Marie de France - Christine de Pizan - Julian of Norwich - Elisabeth von Nassau-Saarbrücken - Eleonore of Austria - Helene Kottaner(in) - Leonor López de Córdoba - Marguerite de Navarre.

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