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Gender and Power in Medieval Exegesis


Theresa Tinkle
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Gender and Power in Medieval Exegesis analyzes the nexus of gender and power in biblical commentaries from the fifth to the fifteenth century, focusing on crucial moments in the development of exegesis. The argument pursues the literary trope of the woman on top through major literary-exegetical works: Augustine's Confessions, Jerome's Against Jovinian, the Fleury Slaughter of Innocents, and Chaucer's Wife of Bath's Prologue. Theresa Tinkle reveals how the authoritative woman in these works can signify either a troubling disruption of ordained social order, or an admirable inversion of order that sets the Church apart from dominant culture. Establishing a feminist-historicist perspective, this book situates exegesis in history and exposes the cultural pressures behind exegetes' decision making.

All recent publications by Theresa Tinkle

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All publications by Theresa Tinkle

Gender and Power in Medieval Exegesis (Palgrave, 2010)
Medieval Venuses and Cupids: Sexuality, Hermeneutics, and English Poetry (1996)

Edited Collections:
Chaucer and the Challenges of Medievalism: Studies in Honor of H. A. Kelly, ed. Donka Minkova and Theresa Tinkle (2003)
The Iconic Page in Manuscript, Print, and Digital Culture, ed. George Bornstein and Theresa Tinkle (1998)

"Sir John Mandeville's God(s)," ELH (2015)
"God's Best Beloved: Christians and Jews in The Book of John Mandeville," JEGP (2014)
"Teaching Close Reading Skills in a Large Lecture Class," co-authored with Daphna Atias, Ruth McAdams, Cordelia Zukerman, Pedagogy (2013)
“The Wife of Bath’s Marginal Authority,” Studies in the Age of Chaucer (2010)
“Contested Authority: Jerome and the Wife of Bath,” Chaucer Review (2010)
“Jews in the Fleury Playbook,” Comparative Drama (2004)
“The Imagined Chaucerian Community of Bodleian MS Fairfax 16,” in Chaucer and the Challenges of Medievalism (2003)
"Exegesis Reconsidered: The Fleury Slaughter of Innocents and the Myth of Ritual Murder," Journal of English and Germanic Philology (2003)
"The Case of the Variable Source: Alan of Lille's De Planctu Naturae, Jean de Meun's Roman de la Rose, and Chaucer's Parlement of Foules," Studies in the Age of Chaucer (2000)
"The Wife of Bath's Textual-Sexual Lives," in The Iconic Page in Manuscript, Print, and Digital Culture (1998)'
"The Heart's Eye: Beatific Vision in Purity," Studies in Philology (1988)
"Saturn of the Several Faces: A Survey of the Medieval Mythographic Traditions," Viator (1987)

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