Floyd Gray explores how the treatment of controversial subjects in French Renaissance writing was affected by rhetorical conventions and the commercial requirements of an expanding publishing industry. Focusing on a wide range of discourses on gender issuesmisogynist, feminist, autobiographical, homosexual and medicalGray reveals the extent to which these marginalized texts reflect literary concerns rather than social reality. His new readings of Rabelais, Montaigne, Louise Labé and others, challenge the inherent anachronism of criticism that fails to take account of the cultural context of the period.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. Discourses of misogyny; 2. Irony and the sexual other; 3. Anonymity and the poetics of regendering; 4. The women in Montaigne's life; 5. Sexual marginality; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.