BEYOND GENDER? MEN AND WOMEN IN THE DEVOTIO MODERNA

Dr Mathilde van Dijk (RUG)
3rd of December 2013, 16.00 – 17.30
Oude Boteringestraat 38, room 130 (first floor Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies)
Elsebe Hasenbrocks’ (d. 1458) one ambition was to be the best-dressed woman in Oldenzaal. Thus she appears to share a vice commonly ascribed to women: vanity. However, according to her biographer, she was even worse than that, as her interest in clothes was not caused by this very feminine sin, but by the very worst vice of all: pride. Interestingly, pride is usually seen as a masculine sin. How did Elsebe end up with it? What does this teach us about views of gender in the Devotio Moderna? This paper will address these questions and provide an overview of the special place of gender in medieval studies.

 

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