Readership: Students and scholars of Medieval and Renassiance literature and history, and women's studies.
David Wallace, Judith Rodin Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania
David Wallace studied for a BA (1976) in English and Related Literature at York and for a Ph.D. at St Edmund's College, Cambridge. Following a Research Fellowship at Cambridge (1981-3) and a Mellon Fellowship at Stanford (1984-5), he taught at the University of Texas at Austin (1985-91) and then at the University of Minnesota, where he was Professor of English and Frenzel Chair in Liberal Arts (1991-6). He has been Judith Rodin Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania since 1996, with stints as Visiting Professor at King's College, Cambridge, Melbourne University, Princeton University, and Hebrew University,
Jerusalem. He has done extensive work for BBC radio, with documentary features on Bede, Malory, Margery Kempe, and John Leland. He is currently editing what will be the first literary history of Europe, 1348-1418, for OUP: http://www.english.upenn.edu/~dwallace/regeneration/
"Wallace's groundbreaking and fascinating work will be of interest to feminist scholars, historians, and all those concerned with the premodern female experience, and the evolution of Catholicism in England and Europe." - Katherine Heavey, Renaissance Quarterly
"This quirky, digressive, utterly absorbing book is indeed the story of four women's lives and lives-as well as a reception history, a meditation on the power of place, a feminist tribute, an introduction to Hanseatic trade and the Teutonic Order, a travel guide to Danzig, and a reflection on "the perennial genius of the Catholic Church for persecuting its own" (168) ... Few books in this field are so richly and widely erudite, yet such irresistible page-turners.
Wallace's prose sparkles ... making Strong Women a must not just for church historians and literary scholars, but for anyone who enjoys a rollicking good read." - Barbara Newman, Speculum
List of Illustrations
1: Borderline Sanctity: Dorothea of Montau, 1347-1394
2: Anchoritic Damsel: Margery Kempe of Lynn, c. 1373- c. 1440
3: Holy Amazon: Mary Ward of Yorkshire, 1585-1645
4: Vice Queen of Ireland: Elizabeth Cary of Drury Lane, c. 1585-1639
Strong women: hitting the streets - David Wallace writes for OUPblog