“To say of what is that it is not, or of what is not that it is, is false, while to say of what is that it is, and of what is not that it is not, is true.” (Aristotle, Metaphysics 1011b25) Medieval Women’s Writers Since 1950 there has been an effort on the part of critics to revalorize marginal writers of the Middle Ages, predominantly women authors.
Yonsoo Kim received her Ph.D. from Boston College in 2006. Her research has focused on Medieval and Golden Age Spanish Literature, Gender Studies, Medicine and Literature, Religious Studies, Disability Studies, Paleography, and Text Digitalization. She has published several works concerning these topics and has received international recognition for her contributions to reconstructing the origin and history of Spanish women writers. Among her publications, El saber femenino y el sufrimiento corporal en la temprana Edad Moderna (Universidad de Córdoba Press, 2008) is recognized as the first book solely dedicated to the study of Teresa de Cartagena, who employed medical discourses as a means of therapeutic power to explore her own identity as a woman with disability. Between Desire and Passion (Brill, 2012) analyzes Cartagena’s distinctiveness as an author and locates her place in a line of European women intellectuals, presenting an indispensable dialogue among female European authors of the early modern age. Kim also co-edited a volume entitled Gender and Exemplarity in Medieval and Early Modern Spain (Brill, forthcoming). Because of her significant contribution in the field of women writers, she has been invited to give lectures at diverse institutions round the world, including Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidade de Coimbra, Universidad de Cartagena, Beijing University, and Seoul National University. Kim has been passionate about reviving paleographic writings through technology. In 2008 she co-founded an international research team called Medieval Medicine Identification System (MMEDIS.com) and co-founded the International Conference of AHLiST (AHLiST.org). Through her collaboration with specialists in History, Literature, Science, and Technology, she has spearheaded innovative projects that aim to bring the discipline of paleography into the digital age by designing image-processing systems for the transcription and deciphering of medieval manuscripts.