Wednesday Week 3 (14th May), 1-2pm
Meeting Room 4, Radcliffe Humanities Building 
Free sandwich lunch 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“.