Gender, Rhetoric, and Print Culture in French Renaissance Writing

Gender, Rhetoric, and Print Culture in French Renaissance Writing

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Overview

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 issues—misogynist, feminist, autobiographical, homosexual and medical—Gray 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521024877
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/31/2006
Series: Cambridge Studies in French Series , #63
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

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.

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