The Woman Writer and English Literary History, 1380-1589
Lost Property traces the representation of women writers from Margery Kempe and Christine de Pizan to Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots, exploring how the woman writer became a focal point for emerging theories of literature and authorship in English precisely because of her perceived alienation from tradition. Through original archival research and readings of key literary texts, Summit writes a new history of the woman writer that reflects the impact of such developments as the introduction of printing, the Reformation, and the rise of the English court as a literary center.
A major rethinking of the place of women writers in the histories of books, authorship, and canon-formation, Lost Property demonstrates that, rather than being an unimaginable anomaly, the idea of the woman writer played a key role in the invention of English literature.
The Early Woman Writer and the Uses of Loss
1 Following Corinne: Chaucer's Classical Women Writers
"Evir wemenis frend"
Dido's Poetics of Absence
Following Corinne: Anelida and the "Lost" Woman Writer
2 The City of Ladies in the Library of Gentlemen: Christine de Pizan in England, 1450-1526
Lost in Translation
The Learned Knight and the Fiction of "Dame Christine"
From "Aucteresse" to Auctor: The Morale Proverbes of Caxton and Pynson
The City of Ladies in the Library of Gentlemen
3 The Reformation of the Woman Writer
English Literary History and the Pious Woman
The Fifteen Oes and the Reformation of Devotion
Margery Kempe as "Devout Anchoress": Henry Pepwell's Edition of 1521
John Bale's Protestant Bibliography and the Lost History of Women
Bentley's Monument of Matrones (1582) and the Recovery of Women's Prayer
4 "A Ladies Penne": Elizabeth I and the Art of English Poetry
"With Lady Sapphoes Pen"
"The Arte of a Ladies Penne"
The Poetics of Queenship
The Covert Place of Women's Writing
"Chère Soeur": The Queen of England and the Queen of Scots
Literary History without Women
Modern Language Association: MLA-Prize for a First Book
Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarshi: Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship First Book Prize