The Fall of Women in Early English Narrative Verse by Gvtz SchmitzThe Fall of Women in Early English Narrative Verse by Gvtz Schmitz

The Fall of Women in Early English Narrative Verse

byGvtz Schmitz

Paperback | August 11, 2011

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The image of the 'fallen woman' was a common one in Elizabethan literature. This 1990 study, translated from the original German by the author, deals with an unconventional aspect of the motif; the genre of 'complaint' in which writers enabled women to put their own case, bewailing their fate, invoking pity, and stressing private rather than public virtues. The book begins with a group of Elizabethan poems in which women lament their unfortunate lives. It goes on to deal with a range of works, tracing the complaint from classical models such as Ovid's Heroical Epistles to Chaucer's Legend of Good Women and Shakespeare's Lucrece. However, Dr Schmitz shows that the mode is not confined to historical tales, nor to the early or early modern periods. In Elizabethan times it occurs in novellas and meditations and can be seen as the inspiration for eighteenth-century Roxanas and the nineteenth-century Magdalen.
Title:The Fall of Women in Early English Narrative VerseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:314 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:August 11, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521179270

ISBN - 13:9780521179270


Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Dido and Elissa: heroic and elegiac treatment of a legendary queen; 3. Philomela and Lucretia: classical heroines in English complaints; 4. Rosamond and virgin queen: heroines from British legend and history; 5. Susanna and the Magdalen: religious epyllia and complaints; 6. Violenta and Amanda: the novelistic complaint; 7. Commiseration and imagination: reflections on the elegiac narrative mode; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.