Gender and Genre in Medieval French Literature

Gender and Genre in Medieval French Literature

by Simon Gaunt
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521022606

ISBN-13: 9780521022606

Pub. Date: 11/10/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This wide-ranging study explores the ideological framework of genre in Old French and Occitan literature. Simon Gaunt offers new readings of canonical Old French and medieval Occitan texts, and in addition he considers many less well-known works and less familiar genres. Drawing on contemporary feminist theory, he examines how masculinity, as well as femininity, is

Overview

This wide-ranging study explores the ideological framework of genre in Old French and Occitan literature. Simon Gaunt offers new readings of canonical Old French and medieval Occitan texts, and in addition he considers many less well-known works and less familiar genres. Drawing on contemporary feminist theory, he examines how masculinity, as well as femininity, is constructed in these texts, and he shows that gender is a crucial element in the formation of the ideologies that underpin medieval literary genres.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521022606
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/10/2005
Series:
Cambridge Studies in French Series, #53
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

1. Monologic masculinity: the chanson de geste; 2. The knight meets his match: romance; 3. Troubadours, ladies and language: the canso; 4. Saints, sex and community: hagiography; 5. Genitals, gender and mobility: the fabliaux.

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