Medieval Gender Reading Group

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The Medieval Gender Reading Group

Everyone, of any disciplinary background, is very welcome to join this informal reading group for interdisciplinary discussion related to gender and sexualities in the middle ages. Graduate students are encouraged to attend. A free sandwich lunch is provided, all welcome!

Theme: "To mend hyr lyfe": Didactic lessons for young women.

In this session, we will discuss two short but rich poems that pose a number of interesting questions for the literary scholar and historian alike about the socialisation of young women, the changing social dynamics of late medieval domesticity and the workplace, and the transition from adolescence to adulthood.


"How the Good Wife Taught Her Daughter",
"Why I Can't Be A Nun",
Optional secondary reading: Felicity Riddy, "Mother Knows Best: Reading Social Change in a Courtesy Text",

Please contact for more information and to receive the reading set for each discussion.


Oxford Medieval Studies

Contact name: Rachel Moss
Contact email:
Audience: Open to all