Gender and Genre in Medieval French Literature: GENDER & GENRE IN MEDIEVAL FRE by Simon GauntGender and Genre in Medieval French Literature: GENDER & GENRE IN MEDIEVAL FRE by Simon Gaunt

Gender and Genre in Medieval French Literature: GENDER & GENRE IN MEDIEVAL FRE

bySimon GauntEditorMichael Sheringham

Paperback | November 10, 2005

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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, Chrétien de Troyes' Chevalier de la charrete, and lyrics by Bernart de Ventadorn. 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 he shows that gender is a crucial element in the formation of the ideologies that underpin medieval literary genres.
Title:Gender and Genre in Medieval French Literature: GENDER & GENRE IN MEDIEVAL FREFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.87 inPublished:November 10, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521022606

ISBN - 13:9780521022606

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Table of Contents

1. Monologic masculinity: the chanson de geste; 2. The knight meets his match: romance; 3. Troubadours, ladies and language: the canso; 4. Saints, sex and community: hagiography; 5. Genitals, gender and mobility: the fabliaux.

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"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-André Bossy, Speculum