Women's Power in Late Medieval Romance - Studies in Medieval Romance v. 15 (Hardback)Amy N. Vines (author)
Hardback 184 Pages / Published: 20/10/2011
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The cultural and social power of women in the Middle Ages is perhaps hard to trace, with evidence for it scarce. This book argues that medieval romances provide a central, but under-explored, source for and examples of such authority. By reassessing the influence exerted by female characters, in a spectrum that includes both intellectual and chivalric aid and, in some cases, patronage, it considers how they functioned as models of cultural, intellectual, and social authority in medieval literary texts. In addition to examples set by the family connections, socio-political networks, and textual communities in which they lived, this study argues that women also learned methods of influence from the books they read. In texts like Troilus and Criseyde and Partonope of Blois, the female reader encounters an explicit demonstration of how a woman`s intellectual and financial resources can be used. The literary representations of women's cultural power expose a continuum of influence from non-material effects to material sway in the medieval patronage system, an influence often unacknowledged in strictly historical and extra-literary sources. Amy N. Vines is Assistant Professor in the Department of English, University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of pages: 184
Weight: 458 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 17 mm
[An] illuminating study [that] makes a substantial contribution not only to our understanding of medieval romance but to the fields of women's and translation studies as well. SPECULUM The close readings of English romances in their contexts of rewriting and patronage found in Women's Power in Late Medieval Romance manage to tease out certain newly nuanced insights, and suggest that yes: women could have significant influence on the creative process of romance creation, and thereby in turn influence those in their social circle with the didactic messages of the texts they recommended. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW
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