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The Corpus Christi Devotion

Gender, Liturgy, and Authority among Dominican Nuns in Castile in the Middle Ages

Mercedes Pérez Vidal


Although well known in the case of Poor Clares or Cistercian nuns, the development of Corpus Christi devotion and liturgy in the Dominican nunneries has not been hitherto studied. This article analyzes these issues in the particular case of Dominican nuns in medieval Castile. The article discusses the role of these women in the development of devotional and liturgical performance, the artistic and architectonic consequences and peculiarities of the devotion of Corpus Christi, the changes in monastic spaces that resulted from it, and, finally, the use of Corpus Christi as a means of empowerment by some aristocratic nuns and foundresses.

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Blogging the Resistance

Testimony and Solidarity in Egyptian Women's Blogs

Sophia Brown

Much has been written about the role the internet played during the Arab uprisings of 2011, with particular attention paid to social media, whether Facebook, Twitter or blogging, and the extent to which it contributed to organizing the mass protests. Another recurring theme of the analysis of the uprisings was the role played by women, with Western media in particular emphasizing their contributions and debating whether this marked a pronounced increase in women’s agency. My article seeks to respond to these issues through an analysis of two Egyptian women’s blogs. Instead of contributing to the well-known debate about the internet’s capabilities for facilitating action, I examine how blogs observe resistance, exploring this through notions of digital testimony and autobiography. I then consider the issue of solidarity and whether this is gendered, which is an important issue to consider in light of the focus placed on women’s roles during the protests. Ultimately I aim to demonstrate that these Egyptian women’s blogs offer us new and productive ways of thinking about the role the internet played during the Arab uprisings and the autobiographical act, leading us to acknowledge the complexities of both solidarity and articulations of selfhood.

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Denise Turner and Bronwen Gillespie

welcome further comment on how these development approaches limit or empower women’s agency in light of the structural constraints within which they struggle to meet their own goals. Beck’s book is a useful development studies text for interested

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Ten Years After

Communism and Feminism Revisited

Francisca de Haan, Kristen Ghodsee, Krassimira Daskalova, Magdalena Grabowska, Jasmina Lukić, Chiara Bonfiglioli, Raluca Maria Popa, and Alexandra Ghit

’s Organizations, Women’s Agency and Feminism in Eastern European State Socialism,” European Journal of Women’s Studies 21, no. 4 (2014): 344–360. 16 Joan Wallach Scott, The Fantasy of Feminist History , Next Wave Provocations (Durham, NC: Duke University Press

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On the Politics of Feminist Knowledge Production in the Post-Yugoslav Space

Chiara Bonfiglioli

(2010): 3–12. 4 For a theoretical and methodological discussion of women’s agency and gendered modernization in state socialist regimes, see the Forums published in Aspasia : “Is ‘Communist Feminism’ a Contradictio in Terminis?,” Aspasia 1 (2007): 197

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‘But Isn’t It the Baby that Decides When It Will Be Born?’

Temporality and Women’s Embodied Experiences of Giving Birth

Joanna White

them by this system. The birthing outcome is therefore a product of the intermeshing of external, social and medical time-scapes, and women’s agency, physiology and psychological responses. Following an explanation of my empirical approach, I will

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The Abduction of Romsey’s Abbess

Linda D. Brown

‘Abduction’ of Ida of Boulogne: Assessing Women’s Agency in Thirteenth-Century France,” French Historical Studies 30, no. 1 (2007): 11. 52 Grant to the Abbey of La Trinité in Fécamp, 48433:GB 133 BMC/78, c.1200. John Rylands Library, Manchester University.

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Writing the History of Ordinary Ottoman Women during World War I

Elif Mahir Metinsoy

traditional society, were ignored to a great extent. 34 Especially ordinary Ottoman women, who constituted the least educated social group in the Ottoman Empire, disappeared from sight due to both Orientalist thinking that often did not notice women’s agency

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Book Reviews

Johanna Gehmacher, Svetla Baloutzova, Orlin Sabev, Nezihe Bilhan, Tsvetelin Stepanov, Evgenia Kalinova, Zorana Antonijevic, Alexandra Ghit, Chiara Bonfiglioli, Ana Luleva, Barbara Klich-Kluczewska, Courtney Doucette, Katarzyna Stańczak-Wiślicz, Valentina Mitkova, Vjollca Krasniqi, Pepka Boyadjieva, Marina Hughson, and Rayna Gavrilova

question accustomed generalizations on early comers and latecomers), as well as conceptual work on women’s agency during the Third Reich (where Bock develops her innovative but also debated argumentation on the relation between the categories of gender and

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Gendered Images and Soviet Subjects

How the Komsomol Archive Enriched My Understanding of Gender in Soviet War Culture

Adrienne M. Harris

narratives], Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie 124 (2013): 93–110; Adrienne M. Harris, “Evolution of the Immortal: Dynamic Images of World War II Heroes,” in Post-Communist Transition and Women’s Agency in Eastern Europe , ed. Cynthia Simmons (Dordrecht, the