Ladies, Whores, and Holy Women
A Sourcebook in Courtly, Religious, and Urban Cultures of Late Medieval Germany
Edited and translated by Ann Marie Rasmussen and Sarah Westphal-Wihl
This sourcebook presents editions and translations of seven fourteenth- and fifteenth-century texts that advance our understanding of gender, sexuality, and class in the late medieval German-speaking world. Three of the translated texts are fiction. Additionally, there is a religious treatise, a religious legend, an inventory of books, and a legal document. While each of these texts is instructive in and of itself, they gain in complexity when brought into dialogue with one another.
Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1 Die Beichte einer Frau / A Woman's Confession Chapter 2 Schwester Katrei and Die Frau von ein-und-zwanzig Jahren / Sister Catherine and the Twenty-One-Year-Old Woman Chapter 3 Bucherverzeichnis der Elisabeth von Volkenstorff / Elisabeth of Volkenstorff's Booklist Chapter 4 Stiefmutter und Tochter / Stepmother and Daughter (Augsburg Redaction and Nuremberg Redaction) Chapter 5 Ordnung der gemeinen Weiber in den Frauenhausern / Regulations concerning Prostitutes Dwelling in Brothels
Ann Marie Rasmussen is Professor Emerita of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Duke. Her research treats medieval literature and culture from the twelfth century to the Reformation. In her publications she combine gender studies with a variety of other approaches, including manuscript studies, the anthropology of gift-giving, visuality studies, and, most recently, material culture. Sarah Westphal-Wihl is Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Rice. She is the author of Textual Poetics of German Manuscripts 1300-1500, a study of how the production of hand-written books reveals aspects of medieval reading and interpretive practice. Her current research is concerned with the representation of women in medieval fictional trials and how it relates to the theory of gender in medieval customary law.
New Titles List
Ann Marie Rasmussen
TEAMS Medieval German Texts in Bilingual Editions
- Ava's New Testament Narratives - When the Old Law Passed Away
- Der Welsche Gast (The Italian Guest)
- History as Literature - German World Chronicles of the Thirteenth Century in Verse, Excerpts from: Rudolf von Ems, Weltchronik, The Christherre-Chronik, Jans Enikel, Weltchronik
- Ladies, Whores, and Holy Women - A Sourcebook in Courtly, Religious, and Urban Cultures of Late Medieval Germany
- Neidhart - Selected Songs from the Riedegg Manuscript: Berlin, Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz, mgf 1062
- Sovereignty and Salvation in the Vernacular, 1050-1150 - Das Ezzolied, Das Annolied, Die Kaiserchronik, vv. 247-667, Das Lob Salomons, Historia Judith