Making Silence Musical

My students in my class, The Sounds of Silence: A Biodiversity of Quiet Women in a World of Brutal Noise,* made silence harmonic. Alejandro Miramontes’ beautiful song, “Lost in Times of Hardship,” braids the stories of Griselda (from Boccaccio’s Decameron, Chaucer’s Clerk’s Tale, and Christine de Pizan’s The Book of the City of Ladies), the … More Making Silence Musical

Celebrating International Woman’s Day with a Lovely Review of “A Medieval Woman’s Companion”

“Morrison does a superb job of making medieval women accessible to mainstream audiences.” Thanks to The Medieval Magazine for this lovely review of  A Medieval Woman’s Companion on International Woman’s Day 2017. #InternationalWomensDay #medievalwomen Sandra Alvarez writes, “[I]it is an excellent book for readers who want a good starting point on their journey into women’s studies, … More Celebrating International Woman’s Day with a Lovely Review of “A Medieval Woman’s Companion”

Detective Work Uncovers Medieval Female Reader of Christine de Pizan

The website Women’s Literary Culture and the Medieval Canon always has such wonderful information and news. The latest: the story of an incredible discovery for those interested in women’s lives and the history of the book. This manuscript of works by Christine de Pizan still has new clues to uncover. A detective, aka the medieval … More Detective Work Uncovers Medieval Female Reader of Christine de Pizan

Making Silence Visual

The students in my class, The Sounds of Silence: A Biodiversity of Mute and Quiet Women in a World of Brutal Noise,* made silence visual. Molly Williams painted a deeply affecting image of a crucified nightingale. She depicts “violently imposed silence such as Philomela’s, God imposed silenced such as the case with Teresa de Cartagena, … More Making Silence Visual

The Enclosed Garden

A  wonderful piece posted by Hannah Lucas on the blogsite by Women’s Literary Culture and the Medieval Canon tells of the image of the Virgin Mary in the “enclosed garden.” Lucas takes this image and links it to theology, pilgrimage, and gender implications of women’s spirituality. A wonderful read!  

A History of Classical Music (The Women-Only Version)

Today The New York Times writes about Kaija Saariaho’s opera L’Amour de Loin. Set in the Middle Ages, it is — shockingly– only the second time in the Metropolitan Opera’s history that a woman composer’s opera is being performed. Kaija Saariaho’s opera premiered in Salzburg over 10 years ago. The libretto is by the “Lebanese-born … More A History of Classical Music (The Women-Only Version)