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Extracts from Ovid, Eloise and Abelard, and Jean de Meun's The Romance of the Rose, in Woman Defamed and Woman Defended: An Anthology of Medieval Texts, ed. by Alcuin Blamires (Oxford, 1992), pp. 17-25, pp. 87-91, pp. 148-63. See the module homepage or the hyerlinked version of the list for links to these extracts.

Extract from Jerome, Against Jovinian, in Sources and Analogues of the Canterbury Tales, ed. by Robert M. Correale and Mary Hamel (Cambridge: Brewer, 2005), pp. 360-66. See the module homepage or the hyerlinked version of the list for links to these extracts.

L.D. Benson et al. (ed.) The Riverside Chaucer (Oxford, 2008). Students are expected to buy copies.

A. Savage & N. Watson (eds and tr.) Anchoritic Spirituality: 'Ancrene Wisse' and Associated Writers (Classics of Western Spirituality Series) Paulist Press, 1991. Students are expected to buy copies.

Middle English Legends of Women Saints, ed. by Sherry Reames (Kalamazoo, 2003). Students should use this link to the online edition:

Marie de France, Lais, trans. by G. Burgess and K. Busby, 2nd edn (Penguin, 2003). Students are expected to buy a copy.

Julian of Norwich, Showings, ed. Denise N. Baker (Norton, 2005). Students are expected to buy a copy.

The Book of Margery Kempe, ed. by Lyn Staley (Kalamazoo, 1996). Students should use this link to the online edition:

Christine de Pizan, The Selected Writings, ed. and trans by R. Blumenfeld-Kosinski and K. Brownlee (Norton, 1997). Students are expected to buy a copy.

Secondary sources

(Starred items are especially recommended; all other books are suggested as further reading)


David Aers, Community, Gender and Individual Identity: English Writing 1360-1430 (1988)

Alexandra Barratt, ed. Women's writing in Middle English (2013)

*Judith M. Bennett and Ruth Mazo Karras, The Oxford handbook of women and gender in medieval Europe (2013)

Alcuin Blamires ed, Woman Defamed and Woman Defended: An Anthology of Medieval Texts (2002)

—-, The Case for Women in Medieval Culture (1997)

Jane Chance, The literary subversions of medieval women (2007)

*Carolyn Dinshaw and David Wallace, eds, The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women’s Writ-ing (2003)

Ruth Evans and Lesley Johson eds, Feminist Readings in Middle English Literature (1994)

Joan Ferrante, To the Glory of her Sex: Women’s Roles in the Composition of Medieval Texts (1997)

Shelia Fisher and Janet Halley, eds, Seeking the Woman in Late Medieval and Renaissance Writ-ings (1989)

*Carol M. Meale, ed., Women and Literature in Britain 1150-1500 (1996)

Sally A. Livingston, Marriage, property, and women's narratives (2012)

Diane Watt, Medieval women's writing : works by and for women in England, 1100-1500 (2007)


Alcuin Blamires, Chaucer, ethics, and gender (2006)

*Piero Boitani and Jill Mann (eds), The Cambridge Companion to Chaucer (2004)

Carolyn P. Collette, Rethinking Chaucer's Legend of good women (2014)

Helen Cooper, Oxford Guides to Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales (1996)

Susan Crane, Gender and Romance in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (1994)

Sheila Delany, The naked text: Chaucer's Legend of good women (1994)

*Carolyn Dinshaw, Chaucer’s Sexual Poetics (1989)

E.T. Donaldson, Speaking of Chaucer (1970)

*Steve Ellis (ed.) Chaucer: An Oxford Guide (2005)

Robert Worth Frank, Chaucer and "The Legend of good women" (1972)

Anne Laskaya, Chaucer's approach to gender in the Canterbury Tales (1995)

Priscilla Martin, Chaucer’s Women: Nuns, Wives and Amazons (1996)

D. Pearsall, Chaucer: A Literary Biography (1990)

*Tison Pugh, An Introduction to Geoffrey Chaucer (2013)

Religious literature for women (Ancrene Wisse, saints' lives, Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe)

Caroline Walker Bynum, Holy Feast and Holy Fast: The Religious Significance of Food to Medie-val Women (1987)

---, Jesus as Mother: Studies in the Spirituality of the High Middle Ages (1982)

C. Cannon, The Grounds of English Literature (2004), ch. 5: on AW and the Katherine Group

M. Erler, Women, Reading and Piety in Late Medieval England, 2002

C. Gunn, Ancrene Wisse: from pastoral literature to vernacular spirituality (2008)

L. Herbert-McAvoy (eds.) Anchorites, Wombs and Tombs: Intersections of Gender and Enclosure in the Middle Ages (2005)

L. Herbert McAvoy, Medieval Anchoritisms (2012)

B. Millett & J. Wogan Browne eds. Medieval English Prose for Women (1990)

O. Pickering, in A.S. G. Edwards (ed.), A Companion to Middle English Prose (2004), pp. 249-70

Denis Renevey and Christiania Whitehead eds, Writing Religious Women: Female Spiritual and Textual Practice in Late Medieval England (2001)

E. Robertson, Early English Devotional Prose and the Female Audience (1990)

S. Salih, Versions of Virginity in Late Medieval England (2001)

M.G. Sargent (ed.), De Cella in Seculum: Religious and Secular Life and Devotion in Late Medieval England (1988)

K.A. Winstead, 'Saintly Exemplarity', in P. Strohm (ed.) Middle English (2007), pp.335-51

Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, Saints’ Lives and Women’s Literary Culture c. 1150-1300 (2001)

*Y. Wada (ed.), A Companion to the Ancrene Wisse (2003)

Marie de France

Glyn S. Burgess and Keith Busby (ed and trans), The Lais of Marie de France translated with an introduction (includes a bibliography)

Edward J. Gallagher, The Lays of Marie de France, translated, with introduction and commentary (2010)

R. Howard Bloch, The anonymous Marie de France (2003)

Glyn S. Burgess, The Lais of Marie de France: Text and Context (1987)

*Sharon Kinoshita and Peggy McCracken (eds), Marie de France : a critical companion (2014)

*Logan E. Whalen (ed), A companion to Marie de France (2011)

---, Marie de France and the poetics of memory (2008)

Julian of Norwich

David Aers and Lynn Staley, The Powers of the Holy: Religion, Politics, and Gender in late Medieval English Culture (1996)

D. Baker, Julian of Norwich’s Showings: from Vision to Book (1994)

Samuel Fanous and Vincent Gillespie (eds), The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Mysticism (2011)

Grace Jantzen, Julian of Norwich: Mystic and Theologian (2000)

*L. Herbert McAvoy, A Companion to Julian of Norwich (2008)

Sandra J. McEntire, Julian of Norwich: A book of Essays (1998)

Joan Nuth, Wisdom's Daughter: The Theology of Julian of Norwich (1991)

N. Watson & J. Jenkins (eds), The Writings of Julian of Norwich: A Vision Showed to a Devout Woman and A Revelation of Love (2006)

Margery Kempe

*John H. Arnold and Katherine J. Lewis (eds), A companion to The book of Margery Kempe (2004)

Clarissa W. Atkinson, Mystic and pilgrim : the Book and the world of Margery Kempe (1983)

Sandra J. McEntire (ed), Margery Kempe: A book of Essays (1992)

L. Herbert McAvoy, Authority and the Female Body in the Writings of Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe (2004)

Karma Lochrie, Margery Kempe and the Translations of the Flesh (1991)

Lynn Staley, Margery Kempe’s Dissenting Fictions (1994)

---, ‘The Trope of the Scribe and the Question of Literary Authority in the Works of Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe’, Speculum, 66 (1991): 820-38

Christine de Pizan

Barbara K. Altmann and Deborah L. McGrady (eds) Christine de Pizan: a casebook (2003)

Margaret Brabant (ed), Politics, Gender, and genre: The political thought of Christine de Pizan (1991)

Rosalind Brown-Grant, Christine de Pizan and the Moral Defence of Women (1999)

Marilyn Desmond ed, Christine de Pizan and the Categories of Difference (1998)

*Nadia Margolis, An introduction to Christine de Pizan (2011)

Maureen Quilligan, The Allegory of Female Authority: Christine de Pizan’s ‘Cité des Dames’ (1991)

Margarete Zimmermann and Dina De Rentiis (eds) The City of scholars : new approaches to Christine de Pizan (1994)

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