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Women and the Medieval Epic : Gender, Genre, and the Limits of Epic Masculinity - Sarah S. Poor

Women and the Medieval Epic

Gender, Genre, and the Limits of Epic Masculinity

Hardcover Published: 1st December 2006
ISBN: 9781403966025
Number Of Pages: 299

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This collection of essays explores the place, function, and meaning of women as characters, authors, constructs, and cultural symbols in a variety of epics from the Middle Ages, including those of Persia, Spain, France, England, Germany, and Scandinavia.  Medieval epics are traditionally believed to narrate the deeds of men at war. This volume draws our attention not only to the key roles women often play in these narratives, but also to the larger implications they might have for the history of gender. Rather than invite simple cross-cultural generalizations about epic women, however, this book bears witness to the complex gender configurations molded by the rich epic literature of the medieval period.
 

'...a welcome and imaginative treatment of a too-little investigated topic.' - Carolyne Larrington, Modern Language Review

Introduction
Female Heroics and the Construction of Gender
Ethical Acts and Annihilation: Feminine Heroics in Girart de Roussillon
Women Characters and the Limits of Patriarchy in the Poema de Mio Cid and Mocedades de Rodrigo
Caught Between Worlds: Gendering the Maiden Warrior in Old Norse
Gender and Genre
Women in the Old French Crusade Cycle and Other Epic Works: From Historical Background to Anxiety Personified
Women in the Shahnameh: Exotics and Natives, Rebellious Legends, and Dutiful Histories
Chaucer's Queer Epic
Monstrous Mates: The Leading Ladies of the Nibelungenlied and Vouml;lsunga saga
'A Guest is in the Hall': Gendered Violence at Feasts in Icelandic Epic
Authorship, Patronage, and the Gestures of Lordship
What Hrotsvit Did to Virgil: Expanding the Boundaries of the Classical Epic in Tenth-Century Ottonian Saxony
Female Nobility, Patronage, and the Making of Castilian-Leonese Epic
Beowulf's Queens and the Politics of Eleventh-century England
Brunhild's Smile. The Politics of Emotion in the Nibelungenlied
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ISBN: 9781403966025
ISBN-10: 1403966028
Series: The New Middle Ages
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 299
Published: 1st December 2006
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1