Sex and Gender in Medieval and Renaissance Texts [NOOK Book]

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Examines interrelated topics in Medieval and Renaissance Latin literature: the status of women as writers, the status of women as rhetorical figures, and the status of women in society from the fifth to the early seventeenth century.

This collection reclaims a vast body of long-neglected Latin texts from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and examines how they represent the feminine and the female body. The authors explore the ideological values explicitly encoded by the ...

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Sex and Gender in Medieval and Renaissance Texts

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Overview

Examines interrelated topics in Medieval and Renaissance Latin literature: the status of women as writers, the status of women as rhetorical figures, and the status of women in society from the fifth to the early seventeenth century.

This collection reclaims a vast body of long-neglected Latin texts from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and examines how they represent the feminine and the female body. The authors explore the ideological values explicitly encoded by the feminine in these texts, other, less articulated values implied by the feminine, and the role of the classical tradition in communicating those values. The examination of women both as subjects and as rhetorical constructions in Medieval and Renaissance Latin literature sheds light on the larger dialogue about feminism occurring throughout the humanities. In addition, the inclusion of a new body of texts and the rescue of others from their present isolation will expand the reach of classical and humanist scholarship.

Traditional studies of Latin literature end around the beginning of the fifth century C.E. despite the fact that Latin continued to be the dominant literary and intellectual language until at least the latter half of the sixteenth century. Thus most classicists ignore over one thousand years of the Latin literary tradition. Few non-classicists read Latin comfortably and fewer still have a detailed understanding of the history of classical Latin literature. This collection supplies tools to examine more completely the construction and application of gender in both Latin and vernacular texts of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438404271
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
By Woman's Tears Redeemed: Female Lament in St. Augustine's Confessions and the Correspondence of Abelard and Heloise 15
Hrotswitha Writes Herself: Clamor Validus Gandeshemensis 41
Gender and Negotiating Discourse: Mediated Autobiography and Female Mystics of Medieval Italy 71
The Saint of the Womanly Body: Raimon de Cornet's Fourteenth-Century Male Poetics 91
Petrarch's Sophonisba: Seduction, Sacrifice, and Patriarchal Politics 111
Laurel as the Sign of Sin: Laura's Textual Body in Petrarch's Secretum 139
Woman, Space, and Renaissance Discourse 165
In Praise of Woman's Superiority: Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa's De nobilitate (1529) 189
The Artificial Whore: George Buchanan's Apologia pro Lena 207
"She Never Recovered Her Senses": Roxana and Dramatic Representations of Women at Oxbridge in the Elizabethan Age 223
Latin and Greek Poetry by Five Renaissance Italian Women Humanists 247
Bibliography 287
Contributors 321
Index 323
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