The Genre of Medieval Patience Literature: Development, Duplication, and Gender

Hardcover | November 13, 2012

byRobin Waugh

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In the newly-identified genre of medieval patience literature, female protagonists move to the center of the action—an unusual feature compared to most medieval literature. Out of this development, fresh interpretations of early medieval works and exciting revisions to genre-theory are possible, often from a surprisingly feminist point of view. The Genre of Medieval Patience Literature helps to redress popular notions of the Middle Ages as a time when women had 'no rights' and 'no voices' and were treated as mere sex objects and as the property of men.

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In the newly-identified genre of medieval patience literature, female protagonists move to the center of the action—an unusual feature compared to most medieval literature. Out of this development, fresh interpretations of early medieval works and exciting revisions to genre-theory are possible, often from a surprisingly feminist point...

Robin Waugh is an associate professor in The Department of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he is the coordinator of the Medieval Studies Program. His research has been funded several times by government grants and focuses on Old English, Middle English, Old Norse, and early hagiography. He is the co-edito...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:250 pages, 9.22 × 5.72 × 0.76 inPublished:November 13, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230391869

ISBN - 13:9780230391864

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgements
Contents
Introduction: Clarissimum in Feminis
The Female Patience Figure as Speaker
The Female Patience Figure as Frozen Speaker
The Female Patience Figure as Counterfeit
The Female Patience Figure as Frozen Empress
The Female Patience Figure at an Extreme
The Female Patience Figure as Shrine
Index