Gender and Holiness: Men, Women, and Saints in Late Medieval Europe

Gender and Holiness: Men, Women, and Saints in Late Medieval Europe

Gender and Holiness: Men, Women, and Saints in Late Medieval Europe

Gender and Holiness: Men, Women, and Saints in Late Medieval Europe

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This collection brings together two flourishing areas of medieval scholarship: gender and religion. It examines gender-specific religious practices and contends that the pursuit of holiness can destabilise binary gender itself. Though saints may be classified as masculine or feminine, holiness may also cut across gender divisions and demand a break from normally gendered behaviour. This work of interdisciplinary cultural history includes contributions from historians, art historians and literary critics and will be of interest not only to medievalists, but also to students of religion and gender in any period.

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Anke Bernau is an Associate Lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cardiff University. She has worked extensively on medieval virginity and her current research focuses mainly on the figure of the hermaphrodite as well as issues of historiography, translation and gender in medieval and early modern literature.

P.H. Cullum is a Principal Lecturer in History at the University of Huddersfield. Her interests are principally in late medieval English social, religious and gender history. She has written on Yorkshire hospitals and charity, on northern women's piety and on late medieval clergy, and co-organised the 2001 Conference on Holiness and Masculinity in the Middle Ages.

Martha Easton is a Lecturer for the History of Art Department of Bryn Mawr College, PA. She is currently working on an examination of the Wound of Christ, the Mouth of Hell and other appropriations and inversions of female anatomy in the iconography of medieval art.

Miriam Gill has recently gained a Ph.D. from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, and is a part-time lecturer and researcher at the University of Leicester. Her main field of research is later medieval English wall paintings. Her recent publications include work on the role of wall paintings in monastic education and the textual sources of the Eton College murals.

Wendy R. Larson is an Assistant Professor of Humanities in the College of General Studies at Boston University, MA. She is currently working on a history of the cult of St Margaret.

Katherine J. Lewis is a Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Huddersfield. She is the author of The Cult of St Katherine of Alexandria in Late Medieval England(Boydell, 2000). Her current research revolves around concepts of sanctity in fifteenth-century England, with particular reference to gender and royalty.

Robert Mills is a Lecturer in English at King's College, London. His interests include constructions of pain, punishment and violence in medieval culture, medieval masculinities, and concepts of time and temporality in the Middle Ages. He is currently working on a study of erotic responses to the art and literature of medieval Christian devotion.

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