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Talk Online | Learn Live: Medieval Women Writers

Online | Learn Live: Medieval Women Writers


Explore medieval English texts written and/or voiced by women on our online course

Read the course outline (PDF): https://www.bl.uk/events/learn-live-medieval-women-writers

Join Dr Victoria Symons and Dr Mary Wellesley for this two-week course, taking place on Thursdays 17 and 24 June, at 16.00.

Week one – Thursday 17 June

The first session focuses on works from the early medieval period, written in Old English and Anglo-Latin. This selection of letters, poems and charms – including some of the earliest verse known to have been authored or performed by English women – explores themes of isolation and exploration, love and loss, family ties and the power of language.

Please note this session will include discussion of a charm dealing with pregnancy loss and traumatic birth.

Week two – Thursday 24 June

The second session focuses on two female writers of the Middle English period. The Revelations of Julian of Norwich was written by an anchoress – a woman who walled herself inside a cell to live a life of prayer and contemplation. It is a work of great rhetorical skill and a radical piece of theological writing. The Book of Margery Kempe was written by an ordinary, middle-class woman in the 15th century. It is a work of openness and honesty, which gives us a rare glimpse into the experiences of a non-elite women in the period.

This course takes place on Zoom and we will email you a joining link the day before. There will be an opportunity to ask the tutors questions throughout the course, and have conversations with your fellow participants in virtual breakout rooms.

This event will have live subtitles provided by Stagetext, delivered by MyClearText.

Event details

Thu 24 Jun 2021, 4:00pm

Live subtitles (remote) by Stagetext

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British Library

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