Figuring the Feminine: The Rhetoric of Female Embodiment in Medieval Hispanic Literature

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Figuring the Feminine examines the female body as a means of articulating questions of literary authority and practice within the cultural spheres of the Iberian Peninsula (both Romance and Semitic) as well as in the larger Latinate literary culture. It demonstrates the centrality in medieval literary culture of the gendering of rhetorical and hermeneutical acts involved in the creation of texts and meaning, and the importance of the medieval Iberian textual tradition in this process, a complex multicultural ...

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Figuring the Feminine examines the female body as a means of articulating questions of literary authority and practice within the cultural spheres of the Iberian Peninsula (both Romance and Semitic) as well as in the larger Latinate literary culture. It demonstrates the centrality in medieval literary culture of the gendering of rhetorical and hermeneutical acts involved in the creation of texts and meaning, and the importance of the medieval Iberian textual tradition in this process, a complex multicultural tradition that is often overlooked in medieval literary scholarship. This study adopts an innovative methodology informed by current theories of the body and gender to approach Hispanic literature from a femininst perspective.

Jill Ross offers new readings of medieval Hispanic texts (Latin, Castilian, and Hebrew) including Prudentius' Peristephanon, Gonzalo de Berceo's Milagros de Nuestra Señora, Shem Tov of Carrión's Battle Between the Pen and the Scissors, and several others. She highlights ways in which these texts contribute to the understanding of gender in medieval poetics and foreground questions of literary and cultural import. Figuring the Feminine argues that the bodies of women are crucial to the working out of such questions as the unsettling shift from orality to literacy, textual instability, cultural dissonance, and the resistance to cultural and religious hegemony.

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Parergon vol 26:02:09 Ivan Canadas
"Figuring the Feminine builds a fascinating and compelling case about gender and textuality in medieval Iberian literature."
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  • ISBN-13: 9780802090980
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 3/15/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.97 (d)

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Jill Ross is a professor in the Centre for Comparative Literature and the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     3
Carnal Knowledge: Metaphor, Allegory, and the Embodiment of Truth     16
Dynamic Writing and Martyrs' Bodies in Prudentius's Peristephanon     50
Macho Words: Writing, Violence, and Gender in the Poema de mio Cid     81
The Metaphorics of Mary: Language and Embodiment in Berceo's Milagros de Nuestra Senora     108
Undressing the Libro de buen amor     145
Configuring Culture: Writing the Hybrid in Shem Tov of Carrion     181
Conclusion     204
Notes     211
Bibliography     269
Index     295
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