Women's Literary Culture and the Medieval Canon

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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 […]

Perceval’s Sister and the Place of Women in the Quest of the Holy Grail

  Royal 14 E III f. 125v. Source: https://www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts/ILLUMIN.ASP?Size=mid&IllID=54938 Within the landscape of medieval literature, Old French Arthurian romance provides a rich cast of women as subjects. The works of Chrétien de Troyes give us Guinevere, Enide, Fenice, Laudine, and Lunete. These are characters with developed personalities who frequently drive the plot of the romances […]

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