Women's Writing in Middle English: An Annotated Anthology

2nd Edition

Alexandra Barratt

Published January 29, 2010
Textbook - 372 Pages
ISBN 9781408204146 - CAT# Y159580
Series: Longman Annotated Texts

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Women's writing in any period remains of critical concern, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Alexandra Barratt's edition offers a wide range of texts from the period 1300-1500, including:

  • Original texts written by women in the Middle Ages
  • Texts translated by women in the Middle Ages
  • Prayers, meditations, scriptural comment, and accounts of religious experiences
  • Educational writings
  • Romance, poetry

Each poem is given a headnote, giving details of composition, manuscript and sources. Full on-page annotation is provided giving details of allusions to contemporary religious, historical and social issues. A general introduction gives context to all the pieces and provides a penetrating account of the role of women in a burgeoning society of literary and cultural transmission.


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