Women and the Book: Assessing the Visual Evidence

By Lesley Smith

© 1997

This collection of commissioned essays re-evaluates the role of medieval women as readers, authors, and subjects of books, and the depiction of the relationships between women and books in medieval art. The fourteen essays cover such diverse topics as the development of a female audience for books, examinations of illuminations of and for women in books of hours, and how female authors viewed themselves, as well as the manufacture and collection of books and images by women.

Dealing specifically with the relationships between women and images, the volume will be of interest to art historians, feminist scholars, and historians alike.

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  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 252 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.9in x 0.8in x 9.7in
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SKU# SP000949

  • PUBLISHED APR 1997

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    ISBN 9780802080691

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Concentrating on the pictorial evidence, these papers raise many complex and varied themes related to women's creation, use and patronage of books, and the representation of women in them.

Women and the Book: Assessing the Visual Evidence

By Lesley Smith

© 1997

This collection of commissioned essays re-evaluates the role of medieval women as readers, authors, and subjects of books, and the depiction of the relationships between women and books in medieval art. The fourteen essays cover such diverse topics as the development of a female audience for books, examinations of illuminations of and for women in books of hours, and how female authors viewed themselves, as well as the manufacture and collection of books and images by women.

Dealing specifically with the relationships between women and images, the volume will be of interest to art historians, feminist scholars, and historians alike.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 252 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.9in x 0.8in x 9.7in
  • Author Information

    Lesley Smith teaches at Manchester College, Oxford.


    Jane Taylor teaches at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford.