Women's Literary Culture and the Medieval Canon

An International Network Funded by the Leverhulme Trust

Contemporary Women’s Engagement with Medieval Culture

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Harold_dead_bayeux_tapestry.png In an article in Hybrid Pedagogy, Sean Michael Morris, Pete Rorabaugh and Jesse Stommel discuss play as critical enquiry in the classroom and lament the ways in which academic rigour is often opposed to ‘collective, playful learning’. In their words: ‘Play, experimentation, and collaboration can all lead to important discoveries and deep intellectual inquiry. […]


Reading the Past: Virginia Woolf, Chaucer and the Pastons

    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Woolf#/media/File:Virginia_Woolf_1927.jpg Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) is probably best known to us now as part of the history of feminism. Most famously, she wrote that women need to be able to “think back through our mothers,” arguing that to develop a tradition of women’s writing, we need a history of women’s writing that women can […]


Programme of Events for Workshop at Chawton House Library, 21-24 July 2015

Monday 20 July 14:00 Welcome & Introductory Comments:  Diane Watt 4:30 Presentation & Workshop:  Clare Lees & Kathryn Maude (King’s College, London) ‘A Woman Without A Country’: Women’s Literary Culture and the Earliest Medieval English Texts 16:30 Informal Discussion Tuesday 21 July 9:30 Liz Herbert McAvoy (Swansea University) ‘O der lady, be my help.’ Women’s […]


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 […]


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