Gender and Genre in Medieval French Literature

Gender and Genre in Medieval French Literature

by Simon Gaunt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521464943

ISBN-13: 9780521464949

Pub. Date: 05/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This wide-ranging study explores the ideological framework of genre in Old French and Occitan literature by charting the relationship between ideology and gender in five key genres: the chansons de geste, courtly romance, the Occitan canso, hagiography and the fabliaux. Simon Gaunt offers new readings of canonical Old French and medieval Occitan texts such as

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This wide-ranging study explores the ideological framework of genre in Old French and Occitan literature by charting the relationship between ideology and gender in five key genres: the chansons de geste, courtly romance, the Occitan canso, hagiography and the fabliaux. Simon Gaunt offers new readings of canonical Old French and medieval Occitan texts such as the Chanson de Roland, Chrétien de Troyes' Chevalier de la charrete, and lyrics by Bernart de Ventadorn. In addition, he considers many less well-known works and less familiar genres such as hagiography and the fabliaux. Drawing on contemporary feminist theory, he examines how masculinity, as well as femininity, is constructed in medieval French and Occitan 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:
9780521464949
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Series:
Cambridge Studies in French Series, #53
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.98(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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