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A spotlight guide highlighting the unique features of the Feminae database.

Article of the Month

Indexers select an article or essay at the beginning of each month that is outstanding in its line of argument, wealth of significances, and writing style. We particularly look for pieces that will be useful as course readings.

Translation of the Month

Indexers select a translation each month that is significant in the ideas it presents.  This gives users an opportunity to see a range of newly translated medieval works of importance for women’s and gender studies.  It also will build an archive of references to translations that will be useful as classroom readings.

Depending upon the content, an entire work may be indexed as a single title like the vita of a saint or the collected cartularies of a countess.  But in many cases the translation deals only in part with issues involving women and gender.  In those instances, indexing goes to a deeper level, identifying and describing specific sections within a text.  For example, there are 93 records for pertinent sections in the Siete Partidas.


Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index covers journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages. Because of the explosion of research in Women's Studies during the past two decades, scholars and students interested in women during the Middle Ages find an ever-growing flood of publications.


If you know of a particular author, topic, or medieval text, you might try plugging your keywords into the quick search.

If you're looking for a particular century, year, language, source, or geographical area, you might try the advanced search.

If you'd just like to browse, you can try clicking Subjects, Broad Topics, Journals, or Essays on the left-hand side.

Have Questions?

If you have questions, please call (573) 882-4581 or visit the Reference Desk at Ellis Library.


Created by

Maureen Willmann
Graduate Assistant