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Gender and Power in Medieval Exegesis

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Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Theresa Tinkle
    Pages 1-15
  3. Theresa Tinkle
    Pages 49-74
  4. Theresa Tinkle
    Pages 101-116
  5. Theresa Tinkle
    Pages 117-127
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 129-196

About this book


After establishing a feminist-historicist perspective on the tradition of biblical commentary, Tinkle develops in-depth case studies that situate scholars reading the bible in three distinct historical moments, and in so doing she exposes the cultural pressures that medieval scholars felt as they interpreted the bible.


Bible Case Studies Chaucer gender Geoffrey Chaucer interpret Medieval Literature Middle Ages tradition women

About the authors

THERESA TINKLE is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.

Bibliographic information


"Each chapter of Gender and Power in Medieval Exegesis is thoroughly researched, convincingly argued, and lucidly written. The book traces the history of masculine scholarly authority over the interpretation of both scripture and women, while simultaneously ferreting out countering gestures, sometimes in surprising places, like Augustine s Confessions and the Fleury Slaughter of Innocents . Chaucer s Wife of Bath, though brought into being by a man, is treated in scribal marginalia as an independent voice challenging the misogyny of institutionalized exegesis. The reader encounters interpretive skill and profound learning at every turn." - Peggy Knapp, Professor of English, Carnegie Mellon University