Anchorites, Wombs, and Tombs
Intersections of Gender and Enclosure in the Middle Ages
Distributed for University of Wales Press
Until recently, the figure of the medieval anchorite and the underlying ideological concepts that framed her day-to-day existence have escaped detailed examination, despite the anchorite’s importance to the study of medieval culture. This collection brings together leading scholars in the field of gender and anchoritic studies in order to examine anchoritic enclosure from a variety of different perspectives. In so doing, Anchorites, Wombs, and Tombs offers illuminating conclusions about how the phenomenon of anchoritism was affected by, and in turn, influenced contemporary notions of gender difference.
Guthlac A and Guthlac B: Changing Metaphors by Santha Bhattacharji
‘Crepe into that blessed syde’ Enclosure Imagery in Aelred of Rievaulx's de Institutione Inclusarum by Kristen McQuinn
‘Efter hire euene’: Lay Audiences and the Variable Asceticism of Ancrene Wisse by Bob Hasenfratz