By Jane Chance
This examine of medieval ladies as postcolonial writers defines the literary concepts of subversion through which they approved their alterity in the dominant culture. To dismantle a colonizing tradition, they made public the personal female house allotted by way of gender distinction: they built 'unhomely' areas. They inverted gender roles of characters to valorize the feminine; they created exchange idealized feminist societies and cultures, or utopias, via myth; and so they legitimized girl triviality the homely lady house to supply autonomy. whereas those methodologies usually overlapped in perform, they illustrate how cultures impinge on languages to create what Deleuze and Guattari have pointed out as a minor literature, particularly for ladies as dis-placed. ladies writers mentioned contain Hrotsvit of Gandersheim, Hildegard of Bingen, Marie de France, Marguerite Porete, Catherine of Siena, Margery Kempe, Julian of Norwich, and Christine de Pizan.