Subjects and Interpreters

Essays on Convents and Courts

Le dyalogue, 300A devotional catechism commissioned by Margaret of York (1446-1503), Duchess of Burgundy, is 5bembellished with a frontispiece that inflects the noli me tangere. In arrangement unprecedented in Burgundian court portraiture, it depicts a living subject – namely Margaret – in the guise of Mary Magdalene. My essay published in Gesta argues that Margaret grafted onto the Magdalene a complex range of gendered traits and personas 5apromoted through textual sources known to her and through expectations for piety and procreation as Duchess of Burgundy.5c


Andrea Pearson, “Gendered Subject, Gendered Spectator: Mary Magdalen in the Gaze of Margaret of York,” Gesta 44/1: 47-66.

(An earlier version of the essay was published in the Publication du Centre Europeen d’Etudes Bourguignonnes (XIVe – XVIe s.) 44 (2004): 113-135.)

See also: Catalogue entry for Le dyalogue de la duchesse de Bourgogne à Jésus Christ (British Library, London, MS 7907) in Women of Distinction: Margaret of York/Margaret of Austria, ed. Dagmar Eichberger, no. 83, pp. 244-45. Leuven: Davidsfonds, 2005.


Article of the Month prize for “Gendered Subject/Gendered Spectator” from Feminae, an index on women and gender in the Middle Ages compiled at Haverford University with the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, January 2006.