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Woman defamed and woman defended : an anthology of Medieval texts

Author: Alcuin Blamires; Karen Pratt; C William Marx
Publisher: Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"' ... it is impossible / That any clerk wol speke good of wyves.' Behind the words of Chaucer's Wife of Bath lies a vast corpus of medieval misogynistic writings. These texts, which range from those of the Church Fathers to a rich array of vernacular literature, have had a profound influence on the status of women in the west." "Yet, despite the recent surge of investigations into women's situation, no one book has  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
History
Sources
Translations
Translations into English
Early works to 1800
Ouvrages avant 1800
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Woman defamed and woman defended.
Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1992
(OCoLC)645827695
Named Person: Geoffrey Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alcuin Blamires; Karen Pratt; C William Marx
ISBN: 0198119712 9780198119715 0198710399 9780198710394
OCLC Number: 25202994
Description: xiii, 327 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The roots of antifeminist tradition --
The Church Fathers --
The legacy of the Church Fathers --
The satirical tradition in Medieval Latin --
Antifeminist tales --
Vernacular adaptations in the later Middle Ages --
The wife of Bath --
Responses to antifeminism --
A woman defends women. From The art of love and Amores / Ovid --
from Satire VI / Juvenal --
Scripture --
from Generation of animals / Aristotle --
from On the usefulness of the parts of the body / Galen --
from Etymologies / Isidore of Seville --
from Monologium / St. Anselm --
from the Summa theologiae / St. Thomas Aquinas --
from The history of the destruction of Troy / Guido delle Colonne --
from The appearance of women / Tertullian --
from Homily IX on St. Paul's epistle to Timothy / St. John Chrysostom --
from On widows ; from Paradise ; from the Commentary on Luke / St. Ambrose --
from Against Jovinian ; from Letter 22, to Eustochium ; from Letter 77, to Oceanus / St. Jerome --
from Confessions ; from The literal meaning of Genesis ; from City of God / St. Augustine --
from the Decretum / Gratian --
from The story of his misfortunes ; from Letter 3, Heloise to Ablard ; from The story of his misfortunes / Heloise and Abelard --
from the Summa theologiae / St. Thomas Aquinas --
from Tristan / Gottfried von Strassburg --
Rule for anchoresses, from part II, from part IV / Anon. --
The life of Secundus / Anon. --
The femme fatale / Marbod of Rennes --
The letter of Valerius to Ruffinus, against marriage / Walter Map --
from On love / Andreas Capellanus --
Against marrying / Anon. --
The book of the wiles of women / Anon. --
The widow / Gautier le Leu --
From sermon 66 in Sermons for all / Jacques de Vitry --
from The romance of the rose / Jean de Meun --
from The corbaccio / Giovanni Boccaccio --
from The lamentations of Matheolus / Jehan le Fèvre --
The wife of Bath's prologue / Geoffrey Chaucer --
The thrush and the nightingale / Anon. --
The good woman / Marbod of Rennes --
from Letter 6, On the origin of nuns / Abelard --
from The book of consolation and advice / Albertano of Brescia --
The response to Richard de Fournival's Bestiary of love / Anon. --
The southern passion / Anon. --
from A lover's confession / John Gower --
'Whether women are to instruct men' ; 'Whether women are suitable to consecrate the sacrament' / the trial of Walter Brut --
from The register of Bishop Trefnant --
from Dives and pauper / Anon. --
Merelaus the emperor / Anon. --
from The letter of the god of love ; from The quarrel of the rose ; from The city of ladies / Christine de Pizan.
Responsibility: edited by Alcuin Blamires ; with Karen Pratt and C.W. Marx.

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This sourcebook of texts in modern translation makes accessible key anti-feminist works, together with a surprising range of early texts championing women.  Read more...

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   schema:reviewBody ""' ... it is impossible / That any clerk wol speke good of wyves.' Behind the words of Chaucer's Wife of Bath lies a vast corpus of medieval misogynistic writings. These texts, which range from those of the Church Fathers to a rich array of vernacular literature, have had a profound influence on the status of women in the west." "Yet, despite the recent surge of investigations into women's situation, no one book has sought to collect together the key voices of medieval antifeminism, let alone to present the voices sometimes raised, even at that epoch, in defence of women. The urgent need for a single and substantial sourcebook of these materials in modern translation is met for the first time in this volume, which includes an introduction, notes, and commentary. The accessibility of the better-known texts here (from Jerome to Walter Map; from Heloise and Abelard to Christine de Pizan and Chaucer) will be welcomed by those engaged in medieval and women's studies; the lesser-known writings concerning for instance the sexual 'double standard', and women and the priesthood, will provide unexpected discoveries for specialists and beginners alike. Indeed, a surprising range of early texts championing women - including material never previously available in translation - is here represented." "All those concerned with women's studies and with medieval and later culture (European as well as English) will find Woman Defamed and Woman Defended fascinating to read as well as a useful resource."--Jacket." ;
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