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Gender and Power in Medieval Exegesis : The New Middle Ages - Theresa Tinkle

Gender and Power in Medieval Exegesis

The New Middle Ages

Hardcover Published: 18th October 2010
ISBN: 9780230104358
Number Of Pages: 196

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"Gender and Power in Medieval Exegesis" analyzes the nexus of gender and power in biblical commentaries from the fifth to the fifteenth century, focusing on crucial moments in the development of exegesis. The argument pursues the literary trope of the woman on top through major literary-exegetical works: Augustine's "Confessions, "Jerome's "Against Jovinian, "the Fleury "Slaughter of Innocents," and Chaucer's "Wife of Bath's Prologue." Theresa Tinkle reveals how the authoritative woman in these works can signify either a troubling disruption of ordained social order, or an admirable inversion of order that sets the Church apart from dominant culture. Establishing a feminist-historicist perspective, this book situates exegesis in history and exposes the cultural pressures behind exegetes' decision making.

"Each chapter of Gender and Power in Medieval Exegesis is thoroughly researched, convincingly argued, and lucidly written. The book traces the history of masculine scholarly authority over the interpretation of both scripture and women, while simultaneously ferreting out countering gestures, sometimes in surprising places, like Augustine s Confessions and the Fleury Slaughter of Innocents . Chaucer s Wife of Bath, though brought into being by a man, is treated in scribal marginalia as an independent voice challenging the misogyny of institutionalized exegesis. The reader encounters interpretive skill and profound learning at every turn." - Peggy Knapp, Professor of English, Carnegie Mellon University

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Previously Published Worksp. xiv
Permissionsp. xv
List of Abbreviationsp. xvi
Women on Top in Medieval Exegesisp. 1
Subversive Feminine Voices: The Reception of 1 Timothy 2 from Jerome to Chaucerp. 17
Gender Trouble in Augustine's Confessionsp. 49
Affective Exegesis in the Fleury Slaughter of Innocentsp. 75
The Wife of Bath's Marginal Authorityp. 101
Afterwordp. 117
Notesp. 129
Bibliographyp. 171
Indexp. 187
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ISBN: 9780230104358
ISBN-10: 0230104355
Series: The New Middle Ages
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 18th October 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1