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Lecture/seminar: Women's Writing in Middle English

Lecture/Seminar: Women's Writing in Middle English

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Denis Renevey
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2006 -> 2006

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre d'été
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Non
Crédits: 0


'For I am a woman: leued, febille and freyll.' One can be surprised to find such words coming out of the mouth of Julian of Norwich (1342-c.1413), one of the most subtle vernacular theologians writing in the late medieval period. And yet Julian expresses a common difficulty encountered by all female writers in the patriarchal culture of medieval Europe. This seminar aims to understand what sorts of strategies female writers used to achieve legitimacy and authority by the act of writing. We will consider the state of women's education and culture in the Middle Ages before addressing questions related to authority and authorship, as well as the concept of 'women's writing'. Examination will be put on texts either originally written in Middle English or translated from Latin or other vernacular languages into Middle English. Texts such the Middle English Trotula texts, Marie de France's Ley le Freine, Marguerite Porete's Mirror of Simple Souls, Julian of Norwich's A Revelation of Love and some of the Paston letters, will make part of the body of our selected texts discussed during this lecture/seminar.


Set texts: Women's Writing in Middle English, ed. Alexandra Barratt, Longman Annotated Texts (London and New York, 1992).

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