Medieval Women Poets in Translation

I’ve compiled this woefully incomplete list of medieval women’s poetry in translation partly as self-promotion and partly in order to share resources. Additions are welcome. Happy #WITMonth, everyone!

Classical Arabic, through the 15th century

Hebrew, 10th & mid-15th centuries

Latin, through the 16th century

Classical Chinese, 9th–16th centuries

Early Middle Japanese, 8th–12th centuries

Kannada, 12th century

Old Norse, 9th–13th centuries

Old Occitan (Provençal), 12th & 13th centuries

Italian, 13th century

  • Samantha Pious, tr. “La Compiuta Donzella: Three Sonnets.” ed. Gianfranco Contini. Doublespeak Magaine (Fall 2016). [Scroll down for the Table of Contents.]
  • Samantha Pious, ed. & tr. “I Loved a Sparrowhawk.” Volume 3 (December 15, 2020).

Old French, 12th & 13th centuries

Dutch, 13th century

Middle French, 14th & 15th centuries

Catalan, 14th century

  • Kathleen McNerney, tr. “La Reyna de Mallorques.” Catalan Review 5.2 (1991): 163-167.
  • [My new translation of Lady Tecla’s verse exchange with Ausiàs March is now seeking a home!]

Kashmiri, 14th century

Hindi, 15th & 16th centuries

Middle Welsh, 15th & 16th centuries

Old Spanish, 15th century

Middle High German, 11th–16th centuries

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