Gender in Debate from the Early Middle Ages to the Renaissance

Overview

This collection takes the view that authors like Chaucer and Christine de Pizan, often presented as unique, iconic promoters of a debate thought to have occurred primarily in England and France in the late medieval years, should in reality be considered participants in a larger conversation that served diverse political, social, and economic interests and took varied, culturally-determined forms; that greater frame and its contents are the emphasis of this volume. By exploring previously ignored areas, many ...

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Overview

This collection takes the view that authors like Chaucer and Christine de Pizan, often presented as unique, iconic promoters of a debate thought to have occurred primarily in England and France in the late medieval years, should in reality be considered participants in a larger conversation that served diverse political, social, and economic interests and took varied, culturally-determined forms; that greater frame and its contents are the emphasis of this volume. By exploring previously ignored areas, many present fresh material and produce reconceptualizations that use new methodologies.

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Editorial Reviews

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"...accessible and informative..."--C.S. Cox, Choice

"...essential reading for any medievalist who works on issues related to gender."--Lisa Perfetti, South Atlantic Review

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Combative and edgy, these essays provide new readings of medieval texts and literary genres to point up the deeply charged debates on gender and roles current at the time. Chaucer, late medieval German literature, French courtly fiction, a guide to virtue and another on domestic advice in 14th- century Florence, and two 15th-century Italian painting cycles are among the topics. The contributors are academics in religious studies, French, Spanish, English, and art history in the US and the UK. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312232443
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/20/2002
  • Series: New Middle Ages Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Thelma Fenster is Professor of French and Medieval Studies at Fordham University. She has published editions and translations of Christine de Pizan’s narrative poetry.

Clare A. Lees is Professor of Medieval Literature and the History of Language at King’s College London.

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Table of Contents

Ann Matter
• Claire Lees & Gillian R. Overing
• Ruth Karras
• Helen Solterer
• Roberta Krueger
• Alcuin Blamires
• Thelma Fenster
• Ann Marie Rasmussen
• Julian Weiss
• Barbara Weissberger
• Pamela J. Benson

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