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Jocelyn Gladys Wogan-Browne
Fordham University (Bronx, NY 10458-9993)

Women, Multilingualism, and Literate Culture in Late Medieval England

This book-project offers a new account of women's literate culture in late medieval England and further establishes the multilingual nature of English medieval society. Unstudied women's texts and documents in the French of England are a major focus, but are treated in relation to English and some Latin texts. Historical factors differentiate women's multilingualism from men's, but gendering multilingualism does not create a separate feminised space. Rather, it opens up women's participation in a multilingual society's changing configurations of language, literature, and documentation. The book adds new texts and contexts to English literary history, explores the multilingual diversity of late medieval women's culture in hitherto unattempted ways, and shows that although ideas of mother-tongue have sustained fictions of nation, empire, and monolingual literary canons since the Middle Ages, medieval English culture complicates modern notions of nation and language.

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Project fields:
British Literature; French Language; Women's History

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Total amounts:
$25,200 (approved)
$25,200 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2014 – 1/31/2015