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Feminine figurae [electronic resource] : representations of gender in religious texts by medieval German women writers 1100-1375 /
Rebecca L. R. Garber.
New York : Routledge, c2003.
xvi, 295 p. ; 24 cm.
0415939534 (hard : alk. paper)
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New York : Routledge, c2003.
0415939534 (hard : alk. paper)
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Women's genres, women's authority -- Where is the body? Imitibility in Hildegard's images of Eve and Mary -- Invented communities, idealizing the past : redefining monastic ideals in the Dominican sister-books -- Margaretha Ebner : illness in the service of God -- Adelheid Langmann : bride of God, beloved of Christ.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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This work offers an examination of religious texts written by twelve women over three centuries in two languages and three genres, showing the variety and complexity of gendered images available to medieval women. Moving beyond the categories of virgin, wife and widow, these religious texts created a spectrum of exemplary feminine life-paths based not on marital status, age, social rank, or profession, but instead founded on biblical figures, monastic divisions of labor, expected saintly behaviors, and even individual personality characteristics. This study contributes to discussions of genre and its influences on gender representation, as well as to scholarship on the complexities of gender relationships within literary works and historical contexts. This work will also serve to introduce a wider audience to a cycle of texts and an interrelated group of women authors previously available only to specialists in German and manuscript studies.
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An examination of religious texts written by 12 women over three centuries in two languages and three genres, this book shows the variety and complexity of gendered images available to medieval women.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Veiled Individuals
Women's Genres, Women's Authority
Where is the Body? Imitibility in Hildegard's Images of Eve and Mary
Invented Communities, Idealizing the Past: Redefining Monastic Ideals in the Dominican Sister-Books Interlude: Personal Revelations: Re-Living the Model, In-Scribing the Self
Margaretha Ebner: Illness in the Service of God
Adelheid Langmann: Bride of God, Beloved of Christ Postlude: Personal Revelations: Generic Imitation and Expansion
Conclusion Varied Ideals
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