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Gender Transgressions Crossing the Normative Barrier in Old French Literature

Edited By Karen J. Taylor Copyright 1998
    ISBN 9781138975033
    220 Pages
    Published May 13, 2016 by Routledge

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    Published April 1, 1998 by Routledge

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    This collection, comprising nine critical essays from prominent and emerging medievalists, seeks to explore the different ways in which French authors of the Middle Ages transgress normative social and cultural gender codes in their literary works Offering fresh approaches to texts that have long been subjected to polarized critical analyses, the essays challenge traditional interpretations of gender roles in Old French literature, especially in the thematic areas of sexual deviation and transgression. This corpus emerges as possessing multiple shades and subtleties of meaning, long buried or ignored by conventional approaches to these texts. This is a conclusion much more in accord with what we know about the ability of the medieval imagination to grasp multiple meaning from a single word or act. The collection provides many examples of this multi-layering of transgressive meaning. Through the detailed studies of gender transgressions such as incest, cross-dressing, rape and homoeroticism, the reader will come to understand the many facets of the literary expression of sexuality in selected Old French texts, products of a society that was at least as diverse and complex as our own. These studies will be of particular value to those interested in Old French and gender studies by dint of accessible analyses of texts both familiar and arcane. The provocative subject matter makes the studies original and eminently readable.

    Chapter 1 Rape, Redemption, and the Grateful Dead: Richars li biaus, Catherine M. Jones; Chapter 2 When a Rose Is not a Rose, Ellen L. Friedrich; Chapter 3 “Plus acesmez qu’une popine”, Keith Busby; Chapter 4 The Grammar of the Sexes in Medieval French Romance, Michelle Szkilnik; Chapter 5 A Heroine’s Sexual Itinerary, Robert L. A. Clark; Chapter 6 “Tu cuides que nos seions taus/Come autres femes comunaus”:, Glenda Warren Carl; Chapter 7 Sexual Identity in Floire et Blancheflor and Ami et Amile, Phillip McCaffrey; Chapter 8 The Structuring of Feminine Empowerment, Nora Cottille-Foley; Chapter 9 Desexualizing the Stereotypes:, Karen J. Taylor;


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