Women's Literary Culture and the Medieval Canon

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The Name of the Rose: The Rose and Authorial Persona in ‘Roman de La Rose’ and ‘Anglo-Mongrels and the Rose’.

Figure 1. Above, Narcissus at the fountain; Amant with Oiseuse at the gate. Below, the Dreamer in bed. Printed by kind permission of the British Library (London, British Library, MS Egerton 1069, fol. 1r)   By Teresa Pilgrim, Birkbeck, University of London As an undergraduate, I was first drawn to Roman de la Rose (1225-1278) […]

Meeting Margery Kempe

  by Diane Watt, University of Surrey This post is derived from part of the closing plenary that I delivered at the conference Margery Kempe Studies in the 21st Century, held at University College Oxford, 5th-7th April 2018. The inauguration of the Margery Kempe Society was announced at the conference. In 1985, I was an […]

The Abbess of Streonshalh, St. Margaret of Antioch and Julian of Norwich

 Dr J. J. McFarlane, April, 2018   Whitby Abbey 1 by Chris Kirk 1  License: CC BY 2. Caedmon’s Hymn or Song (c.660-680) is celebrated as the fount of English vernacular poetry. The story of Caedmon and a prose summary of his Hymn, together with a note on the translation, appear in the Latin versions of […]

Desperately Seeking Emily: The Scythians at the British Museum

by Roberta Magnani, Swansea University   Figure 1: a gold belt plaque depicting Scythians resting under a tree with their horses. This artefact demonstrates the Scythians’ sartorial sophistication and the importance of horse riding to their everyday life. From the exhibition at the British Museum, photographs (c) Roberta Magnani. At the beginning of The Knight’s […]


MARGERY KEMPE STUDIES IN THE 21ST CENTURY  PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, OXFORD 5th -7th April 2018 We are grateful for the support of: The John Fell Fund, Oxford University University College, Oxford Society for Medieval Languages and Literatures Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship   THURSDAY 5TH APRIL 09.30-10.00    Registration and coffee 10.00-10.15    Welcome and opening remarks 10.15-11.15    Plenary 1: Professor […]

A Name is Not Enough: the Trobairitz and the Problem of Medieval Women Poets

By Kate Travers, New York University.   BnF Fr. 854, also known as Occitan Chansonnier I, taken from f.125r. (Source: Gallica) Medieval lyric poetry, a genre used throughout western Europe that often focused on love and erotic desire, is often imagined to be a genre of lovelorn poets petitioning for favours from silent, unforgiving ladies. For those […]

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