Inclusion and Exclusion

Essays on Convents and Courts

Three studies explore gendered inclusion and exclusion in images of the monastic reformer Colette of Corbie and Margret of York, Duchess of Burgundy. They propose a model of female agency that was contingent upon relations with men, responsive to specific situations and experiences, and fluid in regard to social and political economies. (See also “Subjects and Interpreters” on the homepage.)


“Imaging and Imagining Colette of Corbie: An Illuminated Version of Pierre de Vaux’s Vie de Colette,” in A Companion to Colette of Corbie, ed. Joan Mueller and Nancy Bradley Warren, pp. 130-72. Leiden: Brill, 2016.

“Margaret of York, Colette of Corbie, and the Possibilities of Female Agency,” in Les Femmes, la culture et les arts en Europe, entre Moyen âge et Renaissance, ed. Cynthia L. Brown and Anne Marie Legaré, pp. 357-65. Turnhout: Brepols, 2016.


“Productions of Meaning in Portraits of Margaret of York,” in Women and Portraits in Early Modern Europe, ed. Andrea Pearson, pp. 36-54. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008.

See also:

“Images of Women,” in The Ashgate Research Companion to Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe, ed. Allyson Poska, Jane Couchman, and Katherine McIver, pp. 489-508. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013.

Catalogue entry for La vie abrégée de la tressaincte vierge seur Colette (Bibliothèque municipale, Arras, MS 461) in Women of Distinction: Margaret of York/Margaret of Austria, ed. Dagmar Eichberger, no. 96, pp. 257-58. Leuven: Davidsfonds, 2005.