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Cambridge Studies in French: Gender and Genre in Medieval French Literature Series Number 53 (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in French: Gender and Genre in Medieval French Literature Series Number 53 (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 11/05/1995
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This wide-ranging study explores the ideological framework of genre in Old French and Occitan literature by charting the relationship between ideology and gender in five key genres: the chansons de geste, courtly romance, the Occitan canso, hagiography, and the fabliaux. Simon Gaunt offers new readings of canonical Old French and medieval Occitan texts such as the Chanson de Roland, Chretien de Troyes's Chevalier de la charrette, and lyrics by Bernart de Ventadorn, and in addition he considers many less well-known works and less familiar genres such as hagiography and the fabliaux. Drawing on contemporary feminist theory, he examines how masculinity, as well as femininity, is constructed in medieval French and Occitan texts, and shows that gender is a crucial element in the formation of the ideologies that underpin medieval literary genres.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521464949
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... a fine study of five genres and one gender: masculinity ... Gaunt offers a wealth of penetrating and balanced analyses, well-informed digests of earlier scholarship, unobtrusive plot outlines, and copious quotations with English translations.' The French Review
"Gaunt's book is a highly erudite piece of work supported by extensive scholarship." Philip E. Bennett, Studies in the Age of Chaucer
"...well organized, subtly argued, insightful, richly informed. This important, seminal book will influence scholarship for years to come." Rupert T. Pickens, L'Esprit CrD^eateur
"This informative and stimulating book investigates the defining models of gender deployed by five major literary genres in medieval French and Occitan culture. ...Gaunt's book...offers challenging theoretical insights and valuable interpretations of many texts." Michel-Andre Bossy, Speculum

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