Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 2782
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Green , Monica H.
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  • Title: In Search of an "Authentic" Women's Medicine: The Strange Fates of Trota of Salerno and Hildegard of Bingen
  • Source: Dynamis: Acta Hispanica ad Medicinae Scientiarumque Historiam Illustrandam 19, ( 1999): Pages 25 - 54.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Feminist Theory Gender Hildegard of Bingen, Abbess of Rupertsberg Historiography Medicine Philology Reception Trota of Salerno, Author Trotula, Medical Compilation Women Authors
  • Geographic Area: Germany;Italy
  • Century: 12, 16- 17, 19- 20
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  • Illustrations: Two illustrations. Figure One Place setting for Trotula at Judy Chicago's "Dinner Party" (1979). Various medical and healing imagery are used on the plate and table runner. Figure Two Place setting for Hildegard at Judy Chicago's "Dinner Party" (1979). Hildegard's plate is decorated with a stained glass motif and her runner resembles a Gothic cathedral.
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  • Abstract: Despite centuries of debate about the medieval medical writers Trota and Hildegard, there still remain widely disparate views of them in both popular and scholarly discourses. Their alternate dismissal or romanticization is not due to a simple contest between antifeminist and feminist tendencies. Rather, issues of gender have intersected in varying ways with other agendas (intellectual, nationalist, etc.). Recent philological researches have helped not only to clarify why these earlier interpretations were created in the first place, but also to raise our understanding of these women and their work to a new, higher level.
  • Author's Affiliation: Duke University
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  • Year of Publication: 1999.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 02119536
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