This project, Material girls: Middle English secular female scribes and their cultural agents aims to answer these questions: did women living in England during the Middle English period copy books?; and how did women living in England during the Middle English period signal their participation in literary and book producing culture of their time? The question of women's participation in the Middle English literary culture remains one of the most mysterious and haunting for present day medieval literary scholars.
This project will address the difficulty of scribal analysis and issues of evidence and unawareness regarding records of female literary participation. This research aims to better determine the actuality of women's lives in medieval England, suggesting that women participated in the Middle English literary culture.