Women's Literary Culture and the Medieval Canon

An International Network Funded by the Leverhulme Trust

Reading the biblical Apocalypse in the work of Julian of Norwich and William Langland

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chaldron_st_peter_%26_st_paul_112_crop_2.jpg One area within medieval studies in which there is widespread scholarly recognition of the interaction of the religious and literary cultures of women and men is the field of anchoritic studies. Anchoritism was the practice of seeking a closer relationship with God by withdrawing from worldly affairs, receiving the last rites and submitting to […]


Marie de France and Chaucerian Narrative

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Ellesmere_Chaucer#/media/File:Chaucer_ellesmere.jpg My first experience of reading medieval literature, unsurprisingly, came in the form of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales composed in the fourteenth-century. In 2009, as part of my A-Level course in English Literature I studied The Nun’s Priest’s Tale and immediately became interested in Middle English literature and medieval history.  However, it would be […]


Academics Possessed: Medieval Ideas of Authorship & the Importance of Archives

A.S. Byatt’s Booker prize winning novel Possession (1990) opens with the dramatic discovery of drafts of two previously unknown letters in the pages of a long ‘undisturbed’ book in the London Library. The letters are in the hand of a (fictitious) famous Victorian poet. The person who finds the letters is a research assistant to […]


From Ping-pong Cupboards to Gdańsk Archives: Finding Margery’s Voice

Gdańsk, Archiwum Państwowe, APG 300, 27/3, fol. 12r. Akta miasta Gdańska – Missiva, 12 June 1431. Margery Kempe’s arrival in the modern world was surprisingly quiet. In 1910, Edmund Gardner published a brief account of the East Anglian mystic as printed in 1521 by Henry Pepwall – itself a reprint of a 1501 pamphlet by […]


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