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Women in British Medieval Literature: Many people assume that there is no place for women in the earliest literature of Britain and that the concerns of women are simply absent from warrior-driven texts like Beowulf, let alone the historical record. In fact, women can be found in medieval literature in multiple genres from heroic poetry to saints’ lives, from elegies to riddles, from charms to romance, from chivalric texts to fabliaux, and from lyrics to dream visions. Whether the protagonists of their own stories or drivers of others’ narratives, women can be found throughout the medieval literature of Britain.
Prof. Yvette Kisor earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Davis, specializing in British medieval literature, particularly Anglo-Saxon texts. She currently is a professor at Ramapo College where she teaches Literature, specializing in the early periods. Her publications focus on Beowulf, Chaucer, and the works of J. R. R. Tolkien.