Women And Disability In Medieval Literature

Hardcover | November 15, 2010

byTory Vandeventer Pearman

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This book serves as the first in its field to analyze how disability and gender both thematically and formally operate within late medieval popular literature. Reading romance, conduct manuals, and spiritual autobiography, the study proposes a “gendered model” for exploring the processes by which differences like gender and disability get coded as deviant.

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This book serves as the first in its field to analyze how disability and gender both thematically and formally operate within late medieval popular literature. Reading romance, conduct manuals, and spiritual autobiography, the study proposes a “gendered model” for exploring the processes by which differences like gender and disability ...

Tory Vandeventer Pearman is an Assistant Professor of English at Miami University Hamilton. Her essays have appeared in journals such as Essays in Medieval Studies and The Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:220 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:November 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230105114

ISBN - 13:9780230105119

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Introduction: Medieval Authoritative Discourse and the Disabled Female Body * (Dis)pleasure and (Dis)ability: The Topos of Reproduction in Dame Sirith and the “Merchant’s Tale” * Physical Education: Excessive Wives and Bodily Punishment in the Book of the Knight and the “Wife of Bath’s Prologue” * Refiguring Disability: Deviance, Punishment, and the Supernatural in Bisclavret, Sir Launfal, and the Testament of Cresseid * Embodied Transcendence: Disability and the Procreative Body in the Book of Margery Kempe