Gender and Genre in Medieval French Literatureby Simon Gaunt
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 constructed in these texts, and he shows that gender is a crucial element in the formation of the ideologies that underpin medieval literary genres.
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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