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Front Matter, Medieval Feminist Forum, V.54, No.1, Summer 2018 Oct 2018

Front Matter, Medieval Feminist Forum, V.54, No.1, Summer 2018

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

No abstract provided.


Back Matter, Medieval Feminist Forum, V.54, No.1, Summer 2018 Oct 2018

Back Matter, Medieval Feminist Forum, V.54, No.1, Summer 2018

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

No abstract provided.


Questioning Gynocentric Utopia: Nature As Addict In “Description Of Cookeham”, Liberty S. Stanavage Jul 2018

Questioning Gynocentric Utopia: Nature As Addict In “Description Of Cookeham”, Liberty S. Stanavage

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

In her 1610 “The Description of Cookeham,” Amelia Lanyer presents Cookeham as a space in which women and nature exist in poetry-inducing harmony until the intervention of man. Lanyer’s poem highlights the deference of both the animals (who “sport . . . in her eye” and “attend”), and the landscape to Clifford: the hills “descend” to meet her footstep and then raise themselves again at her whim. This alignment frequently leads critics to describe Cookeham as a utopian feminist landscape that aligns women and nature against an antagonistic masculine influence.

However, this utopian vision dramatizes a landscape that is not simply oriented ...


Introduction: Does It Have To Be About Women?, Carolynn Van Dyke Jul 2018

Introduction: Does It Have To Be About Women?, Carolynn Van Dyke

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

The six essays on medieval texts in the "Gender and Species" cluster (or Special Issue) demonstrate the power of combining feminist analysis with critical animal studies.


Belligerent Mothers And The Power Of Feminine Speech In _The Owl And The Nightingale_, Wendy A. Matlock Jul 2018

Belligerent Mothers And The Power Of Feminine Speech In _The Owl And The Nightingale_, Wendy A. Matlock

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

The Middle English poem The Owl and the Nightingale famously records the dispute between a hostile Nightingale and a bellicose Owl. Within that dialogue the birds reproduce themselves in word and egg, in rhetoric and body. Their digressions on bodies and scatology and on childbearing and childrearing become fertilizer that expands maternal authority into public, intellectual discourse. In addition to calling forth their own communicative powers, both characters aggressively recount narratives best known from the work of Marie de France, a voice feminist scholars have successfully restored to the canon, to condemn their foe. In this light, I argue, The ...


Not A Conclusion To Gender And Species, Ecofeminist Intersections, Lesley Kordecki Jul 2018

Not A Conclusion To Gender And Species, Ecofeminist Intersections, Lesley Kordecki

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

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La Femme Bisclavret: The Female Of The Species?, Alison Langdon Jul 2018

La Femme Bisclavret: The Female Of The Species?, Alison Langdon

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

Conventional humanist readings of Bisclavret approach the lai from an anthropocentric perspective, in which animal nature is merely an allegory for human nature. In such a reading, the werewolf protagonist is a foil for his much more beastly if wholly human wife, with the underlying assumption being that animal nature is something to be rejected. That the marker of Lady Bisclavret's bestial nature—her noselessness—is transmitted through the generations of only female descendants seems to echo medieval antifeminist truisms about female perfidy. However, approaching the lai from a critical animal studies perspective can help dismantle conventional assumptions about ...


Women And Other Beasts: A Feminist Perspective On Medieval Bestiaries, Carolynn Van Dyke Jul 2018

Women And Other Beasts: A Feminist Perspective On Medieval Bestiaries, Carolynn Van Dyke

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

Gender and species intersect in the subject-matter, readership, and authorship of medieval beast-books. First, androcentric norms result in inconsistent gender references to species: the grammatically feminine eagle (Aquila) is represented as a stern father, the masculine turtledove (Turtura) as a clinging wife. More broadly, male exemplars represent nearly all species regardless of grammatical gender.

Second, both discursive norms and bibliographic practice presumed an exclusively male readership for the bestiary, but external and internal evidence suggest that bourgeois mothers used bestiaries in educating their children.

Third, a more radical intervention in androcentric bestiary norms is an instance of female authorship. I ...


Back Matter, Medieval Feminist Forum, V.53, No.2 2018 May 2018

Back Matter, Medieval Feminist Forum, V.53, No.2 2018

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

No abstract provided.


Defiant Priests: Domestic Unions, Violence, And Clerical Masculinity In Fourteenth-Century Catalunya, G. Geltner May 2018

Defiant Priests: Domestic Unions, Violence, And Clerical Masculinity In Fourteenth-Century Catalunya, G. Geltner

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

No abstract provided.


Reading The Bible In The Middle Ages, Catherine S. Cox May 2018

Reading The Bible In The Middle Ages, Catherine S. Cox

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

No abstract provided.


Joan, The Fair Maid Of Kent, Samantha Katz Seal May 2018

Joan, The Fair Maid Of Kent, Samantha Katz Seal

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

No abstract provided.


Front Matter, Medieval Feminist Forum, V.53, No.2 2018 May 2018

Front Matter, Medieval Feminist Forum, V.53, No.2 2018

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

No abstract provided.


Simon De Montfort Et Le Gouvernement : Statut Des Femmes Dans Les Statuts De Pamiers (Art. 46) Avant La Magna Carta, Marjolaine Raguin-Barthelmebs May 2018

Simon De Montfort Et Le Gouvernement : Statut Des Femmes Dans Les Statuts De Pamiers (Art. 46) Avant La Magna Carta, Marjolaine Raguin-Barthelmebs

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

Promulgated at Pamiers (Languedoc, France), 1stDecember 1212 by Simon de Montfort after its first great victory during the Albigensian Crusade, those Statutes (juridical texts) are known as the introductory act for the Coutume of Paris in Languedoc, and more specifically regarding heirs rights. Redacted for the administration of newly conquest territories, the establishment of peace and to promote catholic faith against heresy and Languedocians owners of the land, theses Statutes dispose on women in their three final articles. More particularly, the article 46 concerns nobles and heirs women and decides, thanks to matrimony institution, who (and how) they ...


Empress Adelheid And Countess Matilda: Medieval Female Rulership And The Foundation Of European Society, Constance H. Berman May 2018

Empress Adelheid And Countess Matilda: Medieval Female Rulership And The Foundation Of European Society, Constance H. Berman

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

No abstract provided.


England In Europe: English Royal Women And Literary Patronage, C.1000–C.1150,, Mary Dockray-Miller May 2018

England In Europe: English Royal Women And Literary Patronage, C.1000–C.1150,, Mary Dockray-Miller

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

No abstract provided.


Witches And Pagans: Women In European Folk Religion, 700-1100, Melissa Ridley Elmes May 2018

Witches And Pagans: Women In European Folk Religion, 700-1100, Melissa Ridley Elmes

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

No abstract provided.


The Silk Industries Of Medieval Paris: Artisanal Migration, Technological Innovation, And Gendered Experience, Margaret Goehring May 2018

The Silk Industries Of Medieval Paris: Artisanal Migration, Technological Innovation, And Gendered Experience, Margaret Goehring

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

No abstract provided.


Clare Of Assisi And The Thirteenth-Century Church: Religious Women, Rules, And Resistance, Mary Anne Gonzales May 2018

Clare Of Assisi And The Thirteenth-Century Church: Religious Women, Rules, And Resistance, Mary Anne Gonzales

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

No abstract provided.


“Ubi Et Est Habitatio Sororum Et Mansio Fratrum”: Doppelklöster Und Ähnliche Klostergemeinschaften Im Mittelalterichen Österreich (Diözese Passau In Den Ausdehnungen Des 13. Jahrhunderts), Lucy Barnhouse May 2018

“Ubi Et Est Habitatio Sororum Et Mansio Fratrum”: Doppelklöster Und Ähnliche Klostergemeinschaften Im Mittelalterichen Österreich (Diözese Passau In Den Ausdehnungen Des 13. Jahrhunderts), Lucy Barnhouse

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

No abstract provided.


Medicine Beyond Doctors: Aphrodisiac Recipes In Tenth-Century Medicine And Cuisine, Shireen Hamza May 2018

Medicine Beyond Doctors: Aphrodisiac Recipes In Tenth-Century Medicine And Cuisine, Shireen Hamza

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

No abstract provided.


The Pleasant Nights, Sally A. Livingston May 2018

The Pleasant Nights, Sally A. Livingston

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

No abstract provided.


Textiles, Text And Intertext: Essays In Honour Of Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Laura Diener May 2018

Textiles, Text And Intertext: Essays In Honour Of Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Laura Diener

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

No abstract provided.


Epic Of The Commander Dhat Al-Himma, Melanie Magidow Feb 2018

Epic Of The Commander Dhat Al-Himma, Melanie Magidow

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

No abstract provided.


Berhtgyth's Letters To Balthard, Kathryn Maude Jan 2018

Berhtgyth's Letters To Balthard, Kathryn Maude

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

No abstract provided.


Yde And Olive, Mounawar Abbouchi Jan 2018

Yde And Olive, Mounawar Abbouchi

Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality

No abstract provided.