Medieval Feminist Forum Bibliography

Spring 2002



Amer, Sahar, Esope au féminin: Marie de France et la politque de l'interculturalité (Rodopi, 1999).

Anna Komnene and her times, edited by Thalia Gouma-Peterson, Garland reference library of the

humanities; vol. 2201/Garland medieval casebooks, vol. 29 (Garland Publishing, 2000).

            Contents: Angeliki Laiou, "Introduction: why Anna Komnene?," 1-14; Paul Magdalino,

            "The pen of the aunt: echoes of the mid-twelfth century in the Alexiad," 15-43; Barbara

            Hill, "Actions speak louder than words: Anna Komnene's attempted usurpation," 45-62;

            Ruth Macrides, "The pen and the sword: who wrote the Alexiad?," 63-81; Diether R.

            Reinsch, "Women's literature in Byzantium?--the case of Anna Komnene," 83-105; Thalia

            Gouma-Peterson, "Gender and power: passages to the maternal in Anna Komnene's

            Alexiad," 107-124; Jeffrey C. Anderson, "Anna Komnene, learned women, and the book

            in Byzantine art," 125-156; Emily Albu, "Bohemond and the rooster: Byzantines,

            Normans, and the artful ruse," 157-168; Jakov Ljubarskij, "Why is the Alexiad a

            masterpiece of Byzantine literature?," 169-185.

Bennet, Michael, "Isabelle of France, Anglo-French diplomacy and cultural exchange in the late

            1350s," in The age of Edward III, edited by J.S. Bothwell (York Medieval Press, 2001),


Beyond Isabella:secular women patrons of art in Renaissance Italy, edited by Sheryl E. Reiss and

            David G. Wilkins, Sixteenth Century Essays & Studies series (Truman State University

            Press, 2001).


            Contents: David G. Wilkins, "Introduction: recognizing new patrons, posing new

            questions," 1-17; Benjamin G. Kohl, "Fina da Carrara, née Buzzacarini: consort, mother,

            and patron of art in trecento Padua," 19-35; Roger J. Crum, "Controlling women or

            women controlled? Suggestions for gender roles and visual culture in the Italian

            Renaissance palace," 37-50; Rosi Prieto Gilday, "The women patrons of Neri di Bicci,"

            51-75; A. Lawrence Jenkens, "Catarina Piccolomini and the Palazzo delle Papesse in

            Siena," 77-91; Molly Bourne, "Renaissance husbands and wives as patrons of art: the

            camerini of Isabella d'Este and Francesco II Gonzaga," 93-123; Sheryl E. Reiss, "Widow,

            mother, patron of art; Alfonsina Orsini de'Medici," 125-157; Katherine A. McIver,

            "Two Emilian noblewomen and patronage networks in the Cinquecento," 159-176; Mary

  Vaccaro, “Dutiful widows: female patronage and two Marian altarpieces by

  Parmigianino,” 177-192; Marjorie Ochs, “Vittoria Colonna and the commission for a

  Mary Magdalene by Titian,” 193-223; Bruce L. Edelstein, “Bronzino in the service of

  Eleonora di Toledo and Cosimo I de’ Medici: conjugal patronage and the

  painter-courtier,: 225-261; Gabrielle Langdon, “A Medici miniature: Juno and a woman

  with ‘eyes in her head like two stars in their beauty’,” 263-299; Elizabeth Pilliod, “A

  widow’s choice: Alessandro Allori’s Christ and the adulteress in the Church of San

  Spirito at Florence,” 301-315; Carolyn Valone, “Matrons and motives: why women built

  in early modern Rome,” 317-335.          

Boccaccio, Giovanni. Famous women, edited and translated by Virginia Brown. I Tatti

            Renaissance Library; 1 (Harvard University Press, 2001).

Bradford, Clare, “Mother, maiden, child: gender as performance in The book of Margery Kempe,”

            in Feminist poetics of the sacred: creative suspicions, edited by Frances Devlin-Glass

            and Lyn McCredden, American Academy of Religion cultural criticism series (Oxford

            University Press, 2001), 165-181.

Catherine of Siena, Letters, v. 2, edited and translated by Suzanne Noffke, O.P., Medieval and

            Renaissance Texts and Studies; v. 203 (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance

            Studies, 2001).

Christensen, Kirsten M., "The conciliatory rhetoric of mysticism in the correspondence of

            Heinrich von Nördlingen and Margaretha Ebner," in Peace and negotiation:

            strategies for coexistence in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, edited by Diane

            Wolfthal, Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Reniassance, v. 4 (Brepols,

            2000), 125-143.

Classen, Albrecht, ‘Mein Seel fang an zu singen’: Religiöse Frauenlieder des 15.-16.

            Jahrhunderts. Kritische Studien und Textedition, Studies in Spirituality

            Supplement 6 (Peeters, 2002).


D’Avray, D. L., Medieval marriage sermons: mass communication in a culture without print

            (Oxford University Press, 2001).


            First of 2 volumes; vol. 1 contains mss descriptions, texts, and translations; vol. 2 will

            elaborate arguments based on the texts.

Dalrymple, Roger, “Reaction, consolation and redress in the letter of the Paston women,”

            in Early modern women’s letter writing, 1450-1700, edited by James Daybell, Early

            modern literature in history (Palgrave, 2001), 16-28.

de Jong, Mayke, "Exegesis for an empress [Hrabanus Maurus/Empress Judith]," in Medieval

             transformations: texts, power, and gifts in context, editec by Esther Cohen and Mayke

            de Jong, Cultures, beliefs and traditions; vol. 11, (Brill, 2001), 69-100.

Domestic violence in medieval texts
, edited by Eve Salisbury, Georgiana Donavin, and Merrall

            Llewelyn Price (University Press of Florida, 2002).

Contents: Eve Salisbury, Georgiana Donavin, and Merrall Llewelyn Price,

            “Introduction”; Philippa Maddern, “Interpreting silence: domestic violence in

            the King’s Courts in East Anglia, 1422-1442,” 31-56; Emma Hawkes, “The

            ‘reasonable’ laws of domestic violence in late medieval England,” 57-70; Eve

            Salisbury, “Chaucer’s ‘wife,’ the law and the Middle English Breton lays,”

            73-93; Georgiana Donavin, “Taboo and transgression in Gower’s ‘Appolonius of

            Tyre,’” 94-121; Barrie Ruth Straus, “Reframing the violence of the father: reverse

            oedipal fantasies in Chaucer’s Clerk’s Man of Law’s and Prioress’s tales,” 122-138;

            Graham N. Drake, “Not safe even in their own castles: reading domestic violence

            against children in four Middle English romances,” 139-163; Marilyn Migiel, “Domestic

            violence in the Decameron,” 164-179; Christopher G. Nugent, “Reading Riannon: the

            problematics of motherhood in Pwyll Pendeuic Dyuet,” 180-202; Anna Roberts, “The

            ‘homicidal women’ stories in the Roman de Thèbes, the Brut Chronicles, and

   Deschamps’s ‘Ballade 285’,” 205-222; Garrett P. J. Epp, “Noah’s wife: the shaming of

   the ‘trew’,” 223-241; Robert Stanton, “Marriage, socialization, and domestic violence

   in the Life of Christina of Markyate,” 242-271; Merrall Llewelyn Price, “Imperial

   violence and the monstrous mother: cannibalism at the siege of Jerusalem,”

   272-298; Anne Laskaya, “The feminized world and divine violence: texts and

   images of the Apocalypse,” 299-341.


Ellington, Donna Spivey, From sacred body to angelic soul: understanding Mary in late

            medieval and early modern Europe (Catholic University of American Press, 2001).

Eshleman, Lori, "Weavers of peace, weavers of war," in Peace and negotiation, 15-37.

Foot, Sarah. Veiled women: I, The disappearance of nuns from Anglo-Saxon England; II,

            Female religious communities in England, 871-1066, Studies in Early Medieval

           Britain (Ashgate, 2000).

Fößel, Amalie. Die Königin im mittelalterlichen Reich: Herrschaftsausübung, Herrschaftsrechte,

            Handlungsspielräume, Mittelalter-Forschungen; Bd. 4 (Thorbecke, 2000).

Galloway, Penelope, "'Life, learning and wisdom': the forms and functions of beguine education,"

            in Medieval monastic education, edited by George Ferzoco and Carolyn Muessig,153-167

              (Leicester University Press, 2000).

Gender in debate from the early Middle Ages to the Renaissance, edited by Thelma Fenster and

            Clare A. Lees, New Middle Ages (Palgrave, 2002).

            Contents: Thelma S. Fenster and Clare A. Lees, “Introduction,” 1-18; Clare A. Lees and

            Gillian R. Overing, “The clerics and the critics: misogyny and the social symbolic in Anglo-

            Saxon England,” 19-39; E. Ann Matter, “The undebated debate: gender and the image of

            God in medieval theology,” 41-55; Alcuin Blamires, “Refiguring the ‘scandalous excess’ of

            medieval women: the Wife of Bath and liberality,” 57-78; Roberta L. Krueger, “Beyond

            debate: gender play in Old French courtly fiction,” 79-95; Ann Marie Rasmussen,

            “Thinking through gender in late medieval German literature,” 97-111; Karen Pratt,

            “The strains of defense: the many voices in Jean Lefèvre’s Livre de leesce,” 113-133;

            Helen Solterer, “The freedoms of fiction for gender in premodern France,” 135-163;

            Pamela Benson, “Debate about women in trecento Florence,” 165-187; Margaret

            Franklin, “A woman’s place: visualizing the feminine ideal in the courts and communes of

            Renaissance Italy,” 189-205; Barbara F. Weissberger, “’Deceitful sects’: the debate

            about women in the age of Isabel the Catholic,” 207-235; Julian Weiss, “’Qué

            demandamos de las mugeres?’: forming the debate about women in late medieval and

            early modern Spain (with a Baroque response),” 237-274; Bibliography of primary

            texts in Spanish, 275-281.

Giladi, Avner, Infants, parents and wet nurses: medieval Islamic views on breastfeeding and their

            social implications, Islamic history and civilization. Studies and texts; v. 25 (Brill, 1999).

Herrin, Judith, Women in purple: rulers of medieval Byzantium (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2001).

Ingham, Patricia Clare, Sovereign fantasies: Arthurian romance and the making of Britain, Middle

            Ages series (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001).

Kienzle, Beverly Mayne, "Hildegard of Bingen's teaching in her Expositiones evangeliorum and

            Ordo virtutum," in Medieval monastic education, 72-86.

Kline, Barbara. "The discourse of heaven in Mechtild of Hackeborn's Booke of gostlye grace," in

            Imagining heaven in the Middle Ages: a book of essays, edited by Jan Swango Emerson

            and Hugh Feiss, O.S.B., Garland reference library of the humanities; vol. 2096/Garland

            medieval casebooks; vol. 27 (Garland Publishing, 2000), 83-99.

Krause, Kathy M., "The material erotic: the clothed and unclothed female body in the Roman de

            la violette," in Material culture and cultural materialism in the Middle Ages and

            Renaissance, edited by Curtis Perry, Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the

            Renaissance; v. 5 (Brepols, 2001), 17-39.

Le Jan, Régine, “Convents, violence, and competition for power in seventh-century Francia,” in

            Topographies of power in the early Middle Ages, edited by Mayke de Jong and Frans

            Theuws, The transformation of the Roman world; v. 6 (Brill, 2001), 243-269.

Lee, Paul. Nunneries, learning and spirituality in late medieval English society: the Dominican

priory of Dartford (York Medieval Press, 2001).

Lees, Clare and Gillian R. Overing. Double agents: woman and clerical culture in Anglo-Saxon

            England, Middle Ages series (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001).

The life of Saint Doucelin, a Beguine of Provence, translated with introduction, notes and

            interpretive essay by Kathleen Garay and Madeleine Jeay, Library of medieval women

            (D.S. Brewer, 2001).

Listen, daughter: the Speculum virginum and the formation of religious women in the

            Middle Ages, edited by Constant J. Mews. The New Middle Ages (Palgrave, 2001).


Contents: Constant J. Mews, “Introduction,” 1-14, and “Virginity, theology, and

pedagogy in the Speculum virginum,” 15-40; Jutta Seyfarth, “The Speculum virginum:

the testimony of the manuscripts,” 41-57; Julie Hotchin, “Female religious life and the

Cura monialium in Hirsau monasticism, 1080-1150,” 59-83; Kim E. Power, “From

ecclesiology to mariology: patristic traces and innovation in the Speculum virginum,”

85-110; Morgan Powell, “The Speculum virginum and the audio-visual poetics of

women’s religious instruction,” 111-135; Catherine Jeffreys, “’Listen, daughters of

light’: the Epithalamium and musical innovation in twelfth-century Germany,” 137-157;

Janice M. Pinder, “The cloister and the garden: gendered images of religious life from

the twelfth and thirteenth centuries,” 159-179; Sabina Flanagan, “The Speculum

virginum and traditions of medieval dialogue,” 181-200; Elisabeth Bos, “The literature

of spiritual formation for women in France and England, 1080-1180,” 201-220; Fiona

Griffiths, “Herrad of Hohenbourg: a synthesis of learning in The garden of delights,”

221-243; Urban Küsters, “The second blossoming of a text: the Spieghel der Maechen

and the Modern Devotion,” 245-261; Illustrations, 263-268; Barbara Newman, trans.,

Speculum virginum: selected excerpts, 269-296.


Marshall, Claire. "The politics of self-mutilation: forms of female devotion in the late Middle

            Ages," in The body in late medieval and early modern culture, edited by Darryll

            Grantley and Nina Taunton (Ashgate, 2000), 11-21.

Matarasso, Pauline Maud. Queen's mate: three women of power in France on the eve of

            the Renaissance [Anne of France, Anne of Brittany, Louise of Savoy] (Ashgate,



Muessig, Carolyn, "Learning and mentoring in the twelfth century: Hildegard of Bingen and

            Herrad of Landsberg," in Medieval monastic education, 87-104.

Neuman de Vegvar, Neuman, "A paean for a queen: the frontispiece to the Encomium Emmae

            Reginae," in Anglo-Saxon history: basic readings, edited by David A. E. Pelteret, Basic

            readings in Anglo-Saxon England; vol. 6 (Garland Publishing, 2000), 317-321.

Newman, Barbara, “God and the goddesses: vision, poetry, and belief in the Middle Ages,” in

            Poetry and philosophy in the Middle Ages: a festschrift for Peter Dronke, edited by

            John Marenbon, Mittellateinische Studien und Texte; Bd. 29 (Brill, 2001), 173-196.

Offenstadt, Nicolas, “Les femmes et la paix à la fin du Moyen Âge: genre, discours, rites,” in

            Le règlement des conflits au Moyen Âge. Série histoire ancienne et médiéval; 62

             (Publications de la Sorbonne, 2001), 317-333.

Park, Katharine, “Relics of a fertile heart: the ‘autopsy’ of Clare of Montefalco,” in

            The material culture of sex, procreation, and marriage in premodern Europe, edited by

Anne L. McClanan and Karen Rosoff Encarnacion (Palgrave/St. Martin’s, 2002), 115-133.

Psaki, F. Regina, "The sexual body in Dante's celestial paradise," in Imagining heaven in the

            Middle Age., 47-61.

Representing rape in medieval and early modern literature, edited by Elizabeth Robertson and

            Christine M. Rose. The new Middle Ages series (Palgrave, 2001).

            Contents: Elizabeth Robertson and Christine M. Rose, “Introduction,” 1-17; Christine M.

            Rose, “Reading Chaucer reading rape,” 21-60; Mark Amsler, “Ovid’s mythography and

            medieval readers,” 61-96; Monica Brzezinski Potkay, “The violence of courtly exegesis in

            Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” 97-124; E. Jane Burns, “Raping men: what’s

            motherhood got to do with it?” [adapted from Bodytalk], 127-160; Nancy A. Jones,

            “The daughter’s text and the thread of lineage in the Old French Philomena,” 161-187;

            Robin L. Bott, “’O, keep me from their worse than killing lust’: ideologies of rape and

            mutiliation in Chaucer’s Physician’s Tale and Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus,” 189-211;

            Karen Robertson, “Rape and the appropriation of Progne’s revenge in Shakespeare’s

            Titus Andronicus, or ‘Who cooks the Thyestean banquet?,” 213-237; Anne Howland

            Schotter, “Rape in medieval Latin comedies,” 241-253; Christopher Cannon, “Chaucer

            and rape” [rpt., adaptation], 255-279; Elizabeth Robertson, “Public bodies and psychic

            domains: rape, consent, and female subjectivity in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Troilus and

            Criseyde,” 281-310; Amy Greenstadt, “’Rapt from himself’: rape and the poetics of

            corporeality in Sidney’s Old Arcadia,: 311-349; Susan Frye, “Of chastity and rape:

            Edmund Spenser confronts Elizabeth I in The Faerie Queene” [rpt., adaptation],

            353-379; Katherine Eggert, “Spenser’s ravishment: rape and rapture in The Faerie

            Queene” [rpt., adaptation], 381-409; Christopher Cannon, “Afterword,” 411-416.

Rieder, Paula M., “Insecure borders: symbols of clerical privilege and gender ambiguity in the

  liturgy of churching,” in The material culture of sex, procreation, and marriage in premodern Europe, 3-113.

Ross, Margaret Clunies, "Concubinage in Anglo-Saxon England," in Anglo-Saxon history: basic

            readings, edited by David A.E. Pelteret, 251-287.

Rubin, Miri, “An English anchorite: the making, unmaking and remaking of Christine Carpenter,”

            in Pragmatic utopias: ideals and communities, 1200-1630, edited by Rosemary Horrox

            and Sarah Rees Jones (Cambridge University Press, 2001), 204-223.

Sahlin, Claire L., Birgitta of Sweden and the voice of prophecy, Studies in medieval mysticism; 3

            (Boydell Press, 2001).

Same sex love and desire among women in the Middle Ages, edited by Francesca Canade

            Sautman and Pamela Sheingorn. The new Middle Ages series (Palgrave, 2001).

            Contents: Francesca Sautman and Pamela Sheingorn, “Introduction: charting the

            field”; Susan Schibanoff, “Hildegard of Bingen and Richardis of Stade: the discourse

            of desire”; Lisa Weston, “Elegiac desire and female community in Baudonivia’s Life of

            Saint Radegund”; Edith Benkov, “The erased lesbian: sodomy and the legal tradition

            in medieval Europe”; Fedwa Malti-Douglas, “Tribadism/lesbianism and the sexualized

            body in medieval Arabo-Islamic narratives”; Robert L. A. Clark, “Jousting without a lance:

            the condemnation of female homoeroticism in the Livre des manieres”; Sahar Amer,

            “Lesbian sex and the military: from the medieval Arabic tradition to French literature”;

            Francesca Canade Sautman, “What can they possibly do together? Queer epic

            performances in Tristan de Nanteuil”; Ruth Vanita, “’At all times near’: love between

            women in two medieval Indian devotional texts”; Gregory S. Hutcheson, “Leonor Lopez

            de Cordoba and the configuration of female-female desire”; Konrad Eisenbichler,

            “’Laudomia Froteguerri loves Margaret of Austria’”.

Sekules, Veronica, “Spinning yarns: clean linen and domestic values in late medieval French

            culture,” in The material culture of sex, procreation, and marriage in premodern

            Europe, 79-91.

Stanbury, Sarah, “The vivacity of images: St. Katherine, Knighton’s Lollards, and the breaking

            of idols,” in Images, idolatry, and iconoclasm in late medieval England: textuality and

            the visual image, edited by Jeremy Dimmock, James Simpson, and Nicolette Zeeman

            (Oxford University Press, 2002), 131-150.

Suydam, Mary. "Hadewijch of Antwerp's dark visions of heaven," in Imagining heaven in the

            Middle Ages, 119-141.

Taglia, Kathryn, "Delivering a Christian identity: midwives in northern French synodal legislation,

            c. 1200-1500," in Religion and medicine in the Middle Ages, edited by Peter Biller and

            Joseph Ziegler, York studies in medieval theology; 3 (York Medieval Press, 2001), 77-90.

Truelove, Alison, “Commanding communications: the fifteenth-century letters of the Stonor

            women,” in Early modern women’s letter writing, 1450-1700, 42-58.

Ward, Jennifer C., “Letter-writing by English noblewomen in the early fifteenth century,” in

            Early modern women’s letter writing, 1450-1700.

Weissberger, Barbara F., “The critics and Florencia Pinar: the problem with assigning feminism

            to a medieval court poet,” in Recovering Spain’s feminist tradition, edited by Lisa

            Vollendorf (Modern Language Association, 2001), 31-49.


Flemming, Rebecca, Medicine and the making of Roman women: gender, nature, and

            authority from Celsus to Galen (Oxford University Press, 2000).

Schildgen, Brenda Deen. Pagans, Tartars, Moslems, and Jews in Chaucer’s Canterbury

            Tales (University Press of Florida, 2001).

Thompson, John L. Writing the wrongs: women of the Old Testament among Biblical

            commentators from Philo through the Reformation, Oxford studies in historical

            theology (Oxford University Press, 2001).

Woodall, Natalie Joy, "Women are knights-errant to the last": nineteenth-century women

            writers reinvent the medieval literary damsel," in Reinventing the Middle Ages & the

            Renaissance: constructions of the medieval and early modern periods, edited by William

   F. Gentrup, Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance; v. 1 (Brepols, 1998),