Reassessing the Heroine in Medieval French Literature

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April 2001



These essays explore the various manifestations of the heroine in medieval French literature and her multiple relationships with discourse, both medieval and modern. From a discussion of 12th-century saints' lives to an examination of 15th-century farce, they span the Middle Ages, both chronologically and generically. Focused yet considering a wide range of texts, they shine new light on the heroine and how she behaves, including how she herself uses discourse.


Part I Saintly women- hagiography, miracle, and epic: "Cume lur cumpaine et lur veisine"- women's roles in Anglo-Norman hagiography, Duncan Robertson; virgin, saint, and sinners- women in Gautier de Coinci's "Miracles de Nostre Dame", Kathy M. Krause; women's voices raised in prayer- on the "Epic Credo" in Adenet le Roi's "Berte as grans pies", David Wrisley. Part II Amorous women- romance and lyric: Melusine's double binds- foundation, transgression, and the genealogical romance, Ana Pairet; on Fenice's vain attempts to revise a romantic archetype and Chr tien's fabled hostility to the Tristan legend, Joan Grimbert; the lyric lady in narrative, William D. Paden. Part III Dissenting women- lyric and farce: "Fine Words on Closed Ears"- impertinent women, discordant voices, discourteous words, Nadine Bordessoule; poetic justice- the revenge of La Guignarde in the "Livre des Cent Ballades", Sally Tartline Carden; woman's cry- broken language, marital disputes, and the poetics of medieval farce, Christopher Lucken.


Kathy M. Krause, assistant professor of French at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, is the author of articles in Le Moyen Age 102.2, Arizona Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and European Medieval Drama.
EAN: 9780813018812
ISBN: 0813018811
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2001
Seitenanzahl: 200 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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