Medieval Constructions in Gender and Identity: Essays in Honor of Joan M. Ferrante

Medieval Constructions in Gender and Identity: Essays in Honor of Joan M. Ferrante

Edited by Teodolinda Barolini (Columbia University )
2006 | 196 + viii pp. | 4 ills. | 978-0-86698-337-2 | Hardcover 6 x 9 in
MRTS 293 | $41 | £33 |

Contributed by ten distinguished scholars — Joan Cadden, Anne L. Clark, Margaret Aziza Pappano, Susan L. Einbinder, Roy Rosenstein, Laura Kendrick, H. Wayne Storey, Sarah Spence, Suzanne Conklin Akbari, and Teodolinda Barolini — the essays in this volume address medieval constructions in gender and identity. Sharing an interest in women and identity formation, these essays range through time, covering the period from the tenth through the fifteenth century, and across languages, discussing sources in Latin, Italian, French, Occitan, English, and Hebrew. They range also through a variety of cultural settings: from nunneries in Germany, Italy, France, and England to a Jewish community in France; from the Provence of the troubadours and the England of Chaucer to the Florentine scribal circles in which Dante’s Vita nuova was copied. Joan M. Ferrante’s pioneering contribution to the history of women and their representation is a connecting thread through this volume of essays commissioned in her honor.

Reviews

Joan Ferrante has been a leading scholar in a variety of fields associated with the study of comparative medieval literature, most particularly Dante studies and the study of medieval women in literature. The collection of essays by Dr. Ferrante’s former students both honors the breadth of her scholarship and offers significant contributions to the fields in which her work has been so innovative. The collection is especially valuable in advancing knowledge and understanding of medieval women.
— David Raybin, Eastern Illinois University