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The Formal Case in Abelard, Chaucer, Christine de Pizan

Alcuin Blamires

in The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter focuses on Abelard, Chaucer, and Christine de Pizan, each of whom produced a version of the formal case. Abelard did so adventitiously, in that a case for the supreme importance of women ... More


Profeminine Role-Models

Alcuin Blamires

in The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The medieval case for women invoked a big cast of foremothers. There was a core of Old Testament favourites (especially Deborah, Judith, Esther). In the New Testament, besides the unimpeachable ... More


The Formal Case: The Corpus

Alcuin Blamires

in The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The medieval defence of women is liable to strike readers new to it as a glorious cocktail: common-sense observations about respect for mothers mixed up with bits of biblical discussion, encomia on ... More


The Stable Sex

Alcuin Blamires

in The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Women's reputation for ‘weakness’ and ‘instability’ was among the most serious of the impediments to profeminine thinking, and of course it was a negative construction built on exactly the same ... More


Honouring Mothers

Alcuin Blamires

in The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Medieval defence of women often begins with (or soon turns to) an archetypal argument about origins: simply an argument that people — including misogynists — are brought into the world by mothers. It ... More


Conclusion

Alcuin Blamires

in The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The book showed that a vigorous case for women was available by the late Middle Ages. How might we evaluate the strengths of the case, and why did it not have a greater cultural and social impact on ... More


The Formal Case: Origins, Procedures

Alcuin Blamires

in The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter reviews the core texts for the medieval case for women. The single most cogent source and paradigm for the medieval case for women is believed to be located in one of the Old Testament ... More


Exemplifying Feminine Stability

Alcuin Blamires

in The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Whether because ideology everywhere required that men's anxieties about women's loyalty to them be allayed despite preconceptions about feminine instability, or whether because society's guilt about ... More


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