Gail McMurray Gibson (NHC Fellow, 2002–03)
Childbed Mysteries: Performances of Childbirth in the Late Middle Ages
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Fellowship Work Summary, 2002–03
Gail McMurray Gibson wrote an introduction and two chapters (and substantially revised three others) for her book Childbed Mysteries: Performances of Childbirth in the Late Middle Ages (under contract with University of Chicago Press). She also wrote reviews of The Knowing of Woman's Kind in Childing, ed. Alexandra Barratt, and of Kathleen Kamerick's Popular Piety and Art in the Late Middle Ages for Speculum and a review of William Tydeman's The Medieval European Stage, 500-1500 for the Journal of English and Germanic Philology. She began work choosing, organizing, and assigning the medieval entries for the new five-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature (she was appointed Medieval Area Editor this year); evaluated a book manuscript for University of Chicago Press; and served as an outside evaluator for articles submitted to Speculum, Studies in Iconography, and Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Studies.