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Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

2016

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Juan Rodríguez Del Padrón, Triunfo De Las Donas / The Triumph Of Ladies, Emily C. Francomano Dec 2016

Juan Rodríguez Del Padrón, Triunfo De Las Donas / The Triumph Of Ladies, Emily C. Francomano

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

The Triunfo de las donas (The Triumph of Ladies) (1438-1441) by Juan Rodríguez del Padrón (fl. 1440s), is among the very first contributions in Hispanic literature to the pro-feminine modality of the querelle des femmes, or querella de las mujeres. Composed as the preface and dedication to María of Aragón (1396-1445), queen consort of Juan II of Castile (1405-1454), for Rodríguez del Padrón's Cadira de honor (The Seat of Honor), a treatise in defense of noble lineages, the Triunfo de las donas asserts the superiority of women over men, and in so doing, the supremacy of Queen María over ...


Front Matter, Medieval Feminist Forum, V.52 No.1 2016 Sep 2016

Front Matter, Medieval Feminist Forum, V.52 No.1 2016

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The Space Between A Wound And A Scar: The Negotiation Of Heroic Identity In Gregory Of Nyssa's Life Of Macrina, Jaimie Gunderson Sep 2016

The Space Between A Wound And A Scar: The Negotiation Of Heroic Identity In Gregory Of Nyssa's Life Of Macrina, Jaimie Gunderson

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"Slayn For Goddys Lofe": Margery Kempe's Melancholia And The Bleeding Of Tears, Laura Kalas Williams Sep 2016

"Slayn For Goddys Lofe": Margery Kempe's Melancholia And The Bleeding Of Tears, Laura Kalas Williams

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No abstract provided.


Sexual Culture In The Literature Of Medieval Britain, Christopher Flavin Sep 2016

Sexual Culture In The Literature Of Medieval Britain, Christopher Flavin

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No abstract provided.


The Oxford Handbook Of Women And Gender In Medieval Europe, Jacqueline Murray Sep 2016

The Oxford Handbook Of Women And Gender In Medieval Europe, Jacqueline Murray

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Joan De Valence: The Life And Influence Of A Thirteenth-Century Noblewoman, Jitske Jasperse Sep 2016

Joan De Valence: The Life And Influence Of A Thirteenth-Century Noblewoman, Jitske Jasperse

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Silencing Female Reason In Boccaccio’S Teseida Delle Nozze D’Emilia, Margaret Franklin Sep 2016

Silencing Female Reason In Boccaccio’S Teseida Delle Nozze D’Emilia, Margaret Franklin

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The legendary Amazons of antiquity threatened social institutions that relied on communal adherence to the assumption of inherent female limitations, and confrontation between these viragoes and classical heroes provided a fruitful arena for exploring gender politics. Giovanni Boccaccio contributed to this tradition with a unique restaging of Amazonomachy and its consequences in his Teseida delle nozze d’Emilia (1339-1341?). While modern critical consensus holds that Teseo’s subjugation of the Amazons redounds both to his heroism in particular and the wellbeing of society in general, I argue that his unyielding repudiation of their desires and objectives is problematized throughout the ...


Founding Feminisms In Medieval Studies: Essays In Honor Of E. Jane Burns, Felice Lifshitz Sep 2016

Founding Feminisms In Medieval Studies: Essays In Honor Of E. Jane Burns, Felice Lifshitz

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The Strange Case Of Ermine De Reims: A Medieval Woman Between Demons And Saints, Mary Anne Gonzales Sep 2016

The Strange Case Of Ermine De Reims: A Medieval Woman Between Demons And Saints, Mary Anne Gonzales

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Back Matter, Medieval Feminist Forum, V.52 No.1 2016 Sep 2016

Back Matter, Medieval Feminist Forum, V.52 No.1 2016

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No abstract provided.


Front Matter, Medieval Feminist Forum, V.51 No.2 2016 Apr 2016

Front Matter, Medieval Feminist Forum, V.51 No.2 2016

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No abstract provided.


Recalculating The Equation: Powerful Woman = Extraordinary, Amy Livingstone Apr 2016

Recalculating The Equation: Powerful Woman = Extraordinary, Amy Livingstone

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Literary Heiresses And Historical Countesses In Thirteenth-Century France: Some Methodological Notes, Kathy M. Krause Apr 2016

Literary Heiresses And Historical Countesses In Thirteenth-Century France: Some Methodological Notes, Kathy M. Krause

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Powerful Women And Misogynistic Subplots: Some Comments On The Necessity Of Checking The Primary Sources, Tracy Adams Apr 2016

Powerful Women And Misogynistic Subplots: Some Comments On The Necessity Of Checking The Primary Sources, Tracy Adams

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Many women formerly regarded as harridans, vixens, or worse by historians throughout the ages have been rehabilitated in recent years. It is therefore discouraging to find old narratives of female promiscuity, intriguing, incompetence, frivolity, cupidity, obesity) continuing to circulate, in the form of what we might think of as female "subplots" in larger histories. When the woman in question is not the star of the study she is often subject to outdated stereotypes gleaned from old studies. This essay, focusing on a number of very recent subplots that recycle verifiably incorrect assumptions about Isabeau of Bavaria (1371-1435), queen of mad ...


Mistrusting The Historiography Of Royal Mothers: Louis Of Savoy And Catherine De Medici, Kathleen Wellman Apr 2016

Mistrusting The Historiography Of Royal Mothers: Louis Of Savoy And Catherine De Medici, Kathleen Wellman

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Louise of Savoy, mother of Francis I, and Catherine de Medici, mother of the last three reigning Valois kings—Francis II, Charles IX, and Henry III—were two sixteenth-century women whose maternity gave them access to power and provided the foundation for their claims to exercise it legitimately. While their contemporaries either accepted or contested those claims, some nineteenth-century critics vehemently rejected female rule, particularly by mothers. Modern scholars have left those nineteenth-century repudiations largely unquestioned.


Mistresses And Merveilleuses: The Historiographical Record On Female Political Players Of The Seventeenth And Eighteenth Centuries, Christine Adams Apr 2016

Mistresses And Merveilleuses: The Historiographical Record On Female Political Players Of The Seventeenth And Eighteenth Centuries, Christine Adams

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Modern historians have found it difficult to disrupt the narrative inherited from past scholars, who argued that even prominent women lacked any genuine political role in the early modern world. However, in many ways, the personal influence that women exercised in court and salon society was highly political, as was that of men. An examination of the power of highly visible women, for example, famous mistresses such as Madame de Montespan and Madame Tallien, suggests that historians should broaden their understanding of the “political” and more carefully interrogate the activities of female historical figures, rejecting the moralistic accounts that have ...


Archives From Houses Of Cistercian Nuns And Their Evidence For Powerful Thirteenth-Century Secular Women, Constance H. Berman Apr 2016

Archives From Houses Of Cistercian Nuns And Their Evidence For Powerful Thirteenth-Century Secular Women, Constance H. Berman

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This essay examines documents from abbeys of Cistercian nuns in northern France. The documents reveal the presence of numerous women of power and authority as founders and patrons of those women's houses. Where some women were acting as widows or regents, others had access to sufficient funds for acts of patronage and foundation because they were heiresses. Here those named Matilda from the ecclesiastical province of Sens in northern France are underlined, showing the diversity of female wealth and power.


Back Matter, Medieval Feminist Forum, V.51 No.2 2016 Apr 2016

Back Matter, Medieval Feminist Forum, V.51 No.2 2016

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No abstract provided.


Beyond Women And Power: Looking Backward And Moving Forward, Kathy M. Krause Apr 2016

Beyond Women And Power: Looking Backward And Moving Forward, Kathy M. Krause

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No abstract provided.


Queenship Studies Comes Of Age, Lois L. Huneycutt Apr 2016

Queenship Studies Comes Of Age, Lois L. Huneycutt

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Woman And Power: Thoughts Arising Out Of The Roundtable "Debating Women And Power In The Middle Ages," International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 2014, Penelope Nash Apr 2016

Woman And Power: Thoughts Arising Out Of The Roundtable "Debating Women And Power In The Middle Ages," International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 2014, Penelope Nash

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

Questions are asked about how we study medieval women in positions of power, with particular reference to elite Italian and German women in the earlier Middle Ages. The essay calls for scholars to search for nuances in former understandings of women’s opportunities to exercise power while re-examining locality, time period, life cycles, and female and male power. The essay includes an appeal to scholars to become better acquainted with the work of their peers who write in other languages.


Contemplating Royal Women's Access To Power And The Transition Between The Middle Ages And The "Monstrous Regiment" Of The Early Modern Era, Elena Woodacre Apr 2016

Contemplating Royal Women's Access To Power And The Transition Between The Middle Ages And The "Monstrous Regiment" Of The Early Modern Era, Elena Woodacre

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

This paper considers the factors which enabled women to access power via developing mechanisms for royal succession in medieval Europe and how this access was mediated through partnership with co-rulers, including consorts, sons and other co-opted family members and councilors. Finally the paper considers the relationship between the female rulers of the Middle Ages and the famous "Monstrous Regiment" in Early Modern Europe.


What Do We Mean By "Women And Power"?, Marie A. Kelleher Apr 2016

What Do We Mean By "Women And Power"?, Marie A. Kelleher

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

This essay considers the question of how we define “power” in order to best include women and gender. Queenship/lordship studies have been at the forefront of women-and-power discussions, and have advanced that discussion by moving away from the “exceptional woman” biographies to focus on the patterns of power that these women embodied. But if we extend our definition of power beyond the realm of public authority to a more general category of acts that can shape the destinies of others, we are confronted with a much broader field of action that might be considered “women’s power” — a field ...


Where Do We Go From Here? Some Thoughts On Power And Gender In The Middle Ages, Theresa Earenfight Apr 2016

Where Do We Go From Here? Some Thoughts On Power And Gender In The Middle Ages, Theresa Earenfight

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

Current research on queens exposes the biased weaknesses in much of the scholarly work on monarchy and reveals that queens were hardly exceptional. By examining monarchy as a family affair, rather than that of a man alone on the throne, it is clear that queens and noblewomen were fundamental to the operations of monarchy. Taking this meta-discourse of monarchy into account reveals a complex network of affiliations that were obscured by generations of scholars who focused only the deeds of men and thus regarded a woman in power as exceptional.