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The Oxford handbook of women and gender in medieval Europe / edited by Judith M. Bennett and Ruth Mazo Karras.

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Women and gender in medieval Europe


"The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe provides a comprehensive overview of the gender rules encountered in Europe in the period between approximately 500 and 1500 C.E. The essays collected in this volume speak to interpretative challenges common to all fields of women's and gender history--that is, how best to uncover the experiences of ordinary people from archives formed mainly by and about elite males, and how to combine social histories of lived experiences with cultural histories of gendered discourses and identities. The collection focuses on Western Europe in the Middle Ages but offers some consideration of medieval Islam and Byzantium, opening these fields for further research. The Handbook is structured into seven sections: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim thought; law in theory and practice; domestic life and material culture; labour, land, and economy; bodies and sexualities; gender and holiness; and the interplay of continuity and change throughout the medieval period. This Handbook contains material from some of the foremost scholars in this field, and will not only serve as the major reference text in the area of medieval and gender studies, but will also provide the agenda for future new research"--Publisher description.


Oxford ; New York : Oxford Univ. Press, 2013.

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xiv, 626 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


1st ed.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Women, gender, and medieval historians / Judith M. Bennett, Ruth Mazo Karras -- Pt.I Gendered thinking -- Gender and the Christian traditions / Dyan Elliott -- Jewish traditions about women and gender roles : from rabbinic teachings to medieval practice / Judith R. Baskin -- Women and gender in Islamic traditions / Jonathan P. Berkey -- The political traditions of female rulership in medieval Europe / Amalie Fößel -- Medicine and natural philosophy : naturalistic traditions / Katharine Park -- Pt.II Looking through the law -- Women and laws in early medieval Europe / Janet L. Nelson, Alice Rio -- Conflicts over gender in civic courts / Carol Lansing -- Later medieval law in community context / Marie A. Kelleher -- Brideprice, dowry, and other marital assigns / Susan Mosher Stuard -- Women and gender in canon law / Sara McDougall -- Pt.III Domestic lives -- Gendering demographic change in the Middle Ages / Maryanne Kowaleski -- Genders and material culture / Katherine L. French -- Gender and daily life in Jewish communities / Elisheva Baumgarten -- Carolingian domesticities / Rachel Stone -- Public and private space and gender in medieval Europe / Sarah Rees Jones -- Pious domesticities / Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane -- Pt.IV Land, labor, economy -- Slavery / Sally McKee -- Urban economies / Kathryn Reyerson -- Rural economies / Jane Whittle -- Aristocratic economies : women and family / Joanna H. Drell -- Pt.V Bodies, pleasures, desires -- Caring for gendered bodies / Monica H. Green -- The Byzantine body / Kathryn M. Ringrose -- Same-sex possibilities / Helmut Puff -- Performing courtliness / E. Jane Burns -- Pt.VI Engendering Christian holiness -- Gender and the initial Christianization of northern Europe (to 1000 CE) / Lisa M. Bitel -- The gender of the religious : wo/men and the invention of monasticism / Albrecht Diem -- Women and reform in the central Middle Ages / Fiona J. Griffiths -- Devoted holiness in the lay world / Anneke B. Mulder-Bakker -- Cults of saints / Miri Rubin -- Heresy and gender in the middle ages / John H. Arnold -- Cultures of devotion / Kathleen Ashley -- Pt.VII Turning points and places -- The bride of Christ, the "male woman," and the female reader in late antiquity / Kate Cooper -- Gender and the medieval millennium / Constance H. Berman -- Gender in the transition to merchant capitalism / Martha C. Howell -- Toward the witch craze / Laura Stokes -- Towards feminism : Christine de Pizan, female advocacy, and women's textual communities in the late Middle Ages and beyond / Roberta L. Krueger.


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