Women Readers and Writers in Medieval Iberia

Spinning the Text


This book is devoted to medieval Iberian women, readers and writers. Focusing on the stories and texts women heard, visually experienced or read, and the stories that they rewrote, the work explores women’s experiences and cultural practices and their efforts to make sense of their place within their familial networks and communities. The study is based on two methodological and interpretive threads: a new paradigm to represent premodern reading and, a study of women’s writing, or, more precisely, women’s textualities, as a process of creating words but also acts, social practices, emotions and, ultimately, affectus, understood here as the embodiment of the ability to affect and be affected.

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Montserrat Piera, Ph.D. (1991), Pennsylvania State University, is Professor of Medieval Iberian Studies at Temple University. She has published several books, edited collections and articles on topics as varied as chivalresque literature, medieval travel and the representation of food in medieval texts.
Scholars and students of Medieval Iberia interested in women’s writing, reading and cultural practices, devotional texts, history and literary history.