Barking Abbey and Medieval Literary Culture: Authorship and Authority in a Female Community
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Barking Abbey and Medieval Literary Culture

Authorship and Authority in a Female Community

By Jennifer N. Brown, Donna Alfano Bussell

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Format: Hardcover, 334 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 November 2012
Barking Abbey (founded c. 666) is hugely significant for those studying the literary production by and patronage of medieval women. It had one of the largest libraries of any English nunnery, and a history of women's education from the Anglo-Saxon period to the Dissolution; it was also the home of women writers of Latin and Anglo-Norman works, as well as of many Middle English manuscript books.BR> The essays in this volume map its literary history, offering a wide-ranging examination of its liturgical, historio-hagiographical, devotional, doctrinal, and administrative texts, with a particular focus on the important hagiographies produced there during the twelfth century. It thus makes a major contribution to the literary and cultural history of medieval England and a rich resource for the teaching of women's texts. Professor Jennifer N. Brown teaches at Marymount Manhattan College; Professor Donna Alfano Bussell teaches at University of Illinois-Springfield. Contributors: Diane Auslander, Alexandra Barratt, Emma Berat, Jennifer N. Brown, Donna A. Bussell, Thelma Fenster, Stephanie Hollis, Thomas O'Donnell, Delbert Russell, Jill Stevenson, Kay Slocum, Lisa Weston, Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, Anne B. Yardley
EAN: 9781903153437
ISBN: 1903153433
Publisher: York Medieval Press
Dimensions: 23.37 x 16 x 2.79 centimeters (0.73 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years


To be welcomed as a significant study of female literacy and monastic life in the Middle Ages. ENGLISH A strong resource. MAGISTRA 19.1, Summer 2013 (E)minent scholars from various disciplines present a variety of topics and approaches, that, taken together, emphasize the abbey's importance. The result is a volume that merits a place alongside other works on women's religious culture in the Middle Ages. (...) Recommended. CHOICE

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