Gender and Genre in Medieval French Literature

Gender and Genre in Medieval French Literature

by Simon Gaunt
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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

Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction1
1Monologic masculinity: the chanson de geste22
2The knight meets his match: romance71
3Troubadours, ladies and language: the canso122
4Saints, sex and community: hagiography180
5Genitals, gender and mobility: the fabliaux234
Conclusion286
Notes290
Bibliography336
Index365

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