Poet Heroines in Medieval French Narrative: Gender and Fictions of Literary Creation

Hardcover | December 11, 2012

byBrooke Heidenreich Findley

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Studies of women and writing frequently take historical woman authors as their starting point. Poet Heroines in Medieval French Narrative proposes a different approach, looking instead at the numerous fictional female characters of 13th-15th century French narrative who are portrayed as composing and performing poetry, and whose gendered literary activity links writing, singing, the body, and performance. Such figures represent a promising new area of exploration in women's literary history, one based on the texts themselves rather than the uncertain circumstances of their composition.

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Studies of women and writing frequently take historical woman authors as their starting point. Poet Heroines in Medieval French Narrative proposes a different approach, looking instead at the numerous fictional female characters of 13th-15th century French narrative who are portrayed as composing and performing poetry, and whose gender...

Brooke Heidenreich Findley is Assistant Professor of French and Women's Studies at Penn State Altoona.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:282 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.69 inPublished:December 11, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230112587

ISBN - 13:9780230112582

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Authors, Writers, Singers, and Women: Gendering Literary Creation in Medieval French CulturePart I: From Minstrel Heroine to Poet Heroine: The Thirteenth Century and BeyondChapter 1: Singing from a Woman's Body: Minstrel Heroines as Performers and TextsChapter 2: The Parrot and the Swan: Performance and Composition in Sone de NansayPart II: Dangerous Muses: Toute Belle and Her Sisters in the Fourteenth Century DitChapter 3: Competing Perspectives: Guillaume de Machaut's Voir DitChapter 4: A Contemporary Reaction to the Voir Dit: Deadly Words and Captive Imaginations in Jean Froissart's Prison AmoureusePart III: Women at the Origins: Fifteenth Century Prose RomanceChapter 5: Verbal Prowess: Women's Artistry and Men's Chivalry in PerceforestChapter 6: Women Writers and the Monstrous Author in Ysaÿe le TristeConclusion: What About Christine?

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"Findley's study not only does exactly what she claims it will, but, via its combination of close readings and feminist theory, it also produces important new insights into medieval narrative, its depictions of gender, and its conception of literary creation…In short, this is a volume that deserves to be widely read by medieval literary scholars, and feminist scholars of French literature more broadly as it offers much not only to scholars of the medieval French texts it studies, but also to those concerned with the intersection of women and medieval literary production more broadly. Indeed it can likely be read with much profit by scholars concerned with issues of female literary creation in other periods, for it offers innovative, insightful analysis that has application and implications well beyond the corpus of texts it studies." - The Medieval Review