Writing Gender and Genre in Medieval Literature

Writing Gender and Genre in Medieval Literature

Approaches to Old and Middle English Texts

Edited by Elaine Treharne

Hardback
$70.00

D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

Medievalists demonstrate how a focus on gender can transform an approach to literary texts and genres.
The essays in this annual English Association volume provide useful examples of how the conventions behind and the expectations evoked by literary modes and genres help to shape what purports to be an entirely essential and/or socially constructed aspect of identity of the 'he', 'she', or 'I' of the literary text. Ranging across materials from Old English Biblical poetry and hagiography to the late Middle English romances and fabliaux, the essays are united by a commitment to a variety of traditional scholarly methodologies. But each examines afresh an important aspect of what it means to be man or women, husband, son, mother, daughter, wife, devotee or love in the context of particular kinds of medieval literary texts.
Contributors ANNE MARIE D'ARCY, HUGH MAGENNIS, DAVID SALTER, MARY SWAN, ELAINE TREHARNE, GREG WALKER.

Details

November 2002
148 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
Essays and Studies
ISBN: 9780859917605
Format: Hardback
D.S.Brewer
BIC DSBB, 1DBKE, 2AB, 3H, 4P
BISAC LCO010000, LAN005000
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This elegant volume of essays forms a welcome addition to the annual Essays and Studies series... (It) contributes to the ongoing debate about gender, and points to new avenues of exploration. MEDIUM AEVUM

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