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Woman Defamed and Woman Defended : An Anthology of Medieval Texts - Alcuin Blamires

Woman Defamed and Woman Defended

An Anthology of Medieval Texts

By: Alcuin Blamires (Editor)

Paperback Published: 24th September 1992
ISBN: 9780198710394
Number Of Pages: 352

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"It is impossible / That any clerk wol speke good of wyves." Behind the words of Chaucer's Wife of Bath lies a vast corpus of medieval misogynistic writings. These texts, which range from those of the Church Fathers to a rich array of vernacular literature, have had a profound effect on the status of women in the West. Despite the recent surge of investigations into women's situation, however, no one book has sought to collect the key voices of medieval antifeminism, let alone to present the voices sometimes raised, even at that epoch, in defence of women. This new volume meets the urgent need for a single and substantial sourcebook of these materials in modern translation, including an introduction, notes, and commentary. The accessibility of the better-known texts here (from Jerome to Walter Map; from HA(c)loise and Abelard to Christine de Pizan and Chaucer) will be welcomed by those engaged in medieval and women's studies; the lesser-known writings concerning, for instance, the sexual "double standard," and women and the priesthood, will provide unexpected discoveries for specialists and beginners alike. The book also features a surprising range of early texts championing women--including material never previously available in translation.

Industry Reviews

'fine anthology ... Woman Defamed and Woman Defended will be staying out on the desk' Times Literary Supplement 'fascinating anthology of medieval writings ... the selections in Woman Defamed are presented in clear, modern English, including many new translations by Blamires ... I admit I took perverse delight in dipping into the wellsprings of Western misogyny. Ultimately, however, skimming for fun and outrage does a disservice to the real importance of Blamires' book. A steady, cumulative reading of the anti-feminist tracts in Woman Defamed is an opportunity to peer into the distant past and find it disturbingly familiar.' Pamela J. Petro, The Women's Review of Book, Vol. X, No. 5/February 1993 `A most significant contribution...This anthology meets the urgent need for a single and substantial sourcebook' The Way

List of Plates
Introductionp. 1
The Roots of Antifeminist Traditionp. 17
Ancient Satirep. 17
From The Art of Love and Amoresp. 18
From Satire VIp. 25
Scripturep. 31
Physiology and Etymologyp. 38
From Generation of Animalsp. 39
From On the Usefulness of the Parts of the Bodyp. 41
From Etymologiesp. 43
'Matter' and 'Form' in Later Writingsp. 46
From Monologiump. 46
From the Summa theologiaep. 47
From The History of the Destruction of Troyp. 48
The Church Fathersp. 50
From The Appearance of Womenp. 50
From Homily IX on St Paul's Epistle to Timothyp. 58
From On Widowsp. 60
From Paradisep. 61
From the Commentary on Lukep. 61
From Against Jovinianp. 63
From Letter 22, to Eustochiump. 74
From Letter 77, to Oceanusp. 76
From Confessionsp. 78
From The Literal Meaning of Genesisp. 79
From City of Godp. 81
The Legacy of the Church Fathersp. 83
From the Decretump. 83
From The Story of His Misfortunesp. 88
From Letter 3: Heloise to Abelardp. 89
From The Story of His Misfortunesp. 91
From the Summa theologiaep. 92
From Tristanp. 94
Rule for Anchoressesp. 95
From Part IIp. 95
From Part IVp. 97
The Satirical Tradition in Medieval Latinp. 99
The Life of Secundusp. 99
The Femme Fatalep. 100
The Letter of Valerius to Ruffinus, against Marriagep. 103
From On Lovep. 114
Against Marryingp. 125
Antifeminist Talesp. 130
The Book of the Wiles of Womenp. 130
The Widowp. 135
From Sermon 66 in Sermons for Allp. 144
Vernacular Adaptations in the Later Middle Agesp. 148
From The Romance of the Rosep. 148
From The Corbacciop. 166
From The Lamentations of Matheolusp. 177
The Wife of Bathp. 198
The Wife of Bath's Prologuep. 198
Responses to Antifeminismp. 223
The Thrush and the Nightingalep. 224
The Good Womanp. 228
From Letter 6, 'On the Origin of Nuns'p. 232
From The Book of Consolation and Advicep. 236
The Response to Richard de Fournival's Bestiary of Lovep. 242
The Southern Passionp. 244
From A Lover's Confessionp. 248
'Whether women are permitted to instruct men'p. 251
'Whether women are suitable to consecrate the sacrament'p. 255
From The Register of Bishop Trefnantp. 257
From Dives and Pauperp. 260
Merelaus the Emperorp. 270
A Woman Defends Womenp. 278
From The Letter of the God of Lovep. 279
From The Quarrel of the Rosep. 286
From The City of Ladiesp. 289
Bibliographyp. 303
Indexp. 315
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ISBN: 9780198710394
ISBN-10: 0198710399
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 24th September 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.3 x 14.0  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.47