Envisioning Gender


Envisioning Gender in Burgundian Devotional Art demonstrates the participation of books of hours and devotional portrait diptychs – two key art forms of the period – in performances, negotiations, and hierarchies of gender. The study explicates the manipulation of the types by marginalized or imperiled figures in order to resist societal norms and assert their own status.

Envisioning Gender in Burgundian Devotional Art (1350-1530): Experience, Authority, Resistance. Series: “Women and Gender in the Early Modern World,” ed. Allyson M. Poska and Abby Zanger. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005.


Introduction: Performing Gender in the Burgundian Netherlands

Chapter 1: Authority and Community in Women’s Books of Hours

Chapter 2: Regendering the Faith: Books of Hours, Devotional Portrait Diptychs, and the Affirmation of Men

Chapter 3: The Problem of Male Embodiment in Two Diptychs from Bruges

Chapter 4: Nuns and Clerics: Ambiguous Authority in a Devotional Portrait Diptych

Chapter 5: Disrupting Gender at the Court of Margaret of Austria

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See also:

“Margaret of Austria’s Devotional Portrait Diptychs,” Woman’s Art Journal 22 (2001-02): 9-25.

“Personal Worship, Gender, and the Devotional Portrait Diptych,” Sixteenth Century Journal 31 (2000): 99-122.


Honorable Mention for Best First Book, Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, 2008.

Affiliate Humanities Scholar at the Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies, University of Maryland, 2002-03.