Women Of Words In Le Morte Darthur: The Autonomy Of Speech In Malory's Female Characters by Siobhán M. WyattWomen Of Words In Le Morte Darthur: The Autonomy Of Speech In Malory's Female Characters by Siobhán M. Wyatt

Women Of Words In Le Morte Darthur: The Autonomy Of Speech In Malory's Female Characters

bySiobhán M. Wyatt

Hardcover | October 13, 2016

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Offering a new reading of Malory's famed text, Le Morte Darthur, this book provides the first full-length survey of the alterations Malory made to female characters in his source texts. Through detailed comparisons with both Old French and Middle English material, Siobhán M. Wyatt discusses how Malory radically altered his French and English source texts to create a gendered pattern in the reliability of speech, depicting female discourse as valuable and truthful. Malory's authorial crafting indicates his preference for a certain "type" of female character: self-governing, opinionated, and strong. Simultaneously, the portrayal of this very readable "type" yields characterization. While late medieval court records indicate an increasingly negative attitude towards female speech and a tendency to punish vociferous women as "scolds," Malory makes the words of chiding damsels constructive. While his contemporary writers suppress the powers of magical women, Malory empowers his enchantress characters; while the authors of his French source texts accentuate Guinevere's flaws, Malory portrays her with sympathy.

Siobhán M. Wyatt received her PhD in Medieval Literature from the University of Cambridge, UK. She recently published an article in Arthuriana.
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Title:Women Of Words In Le Morte Darthur: The Autonomy Of Speech In Malory's Female CharactersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:203 pages, 21 × 14.8 × 0.03 inPublished:October 13, 2016Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319342037

ISBN - 13:9783319342030

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Table of Contents

Contents

 

Acknowledgements

 

Abbreviations

 

Introduction

 

1. The Ill-speaking Woman and the Marriageable Lady

1. I - Lyonet and Lyonesse

1. II - Maledysaunte

1. III - Alys and Morgan's Cousin

1. IV - The Damsels of Arroy, and Nynyve and Ettarde

 

2. Magical and Miraculous Women

2. I - Morgan le Fay

2. II - Nynyve

2. III - Percival's Sister

2. IV - A Note on the Grail Demons

 

3. 'Whyle She Might Be Suffirde': Ladies In (Unrequited) Love

3. I - Lust and Treason: Women as Seductresses and Decoys in 'The Tale of Sir Launcelot du Lake'

3. II - Malory's Elaynes

Elayne of Corbyn

Elayne of Ascolat

 

4. True Lovers and Adulterous Queens

4. I - Generous Love in Malory's Episode of the Knight of the Cart

4. II - Displacement Anxiety: Lancelot and Guinevere in  the final stages of Le Morte Darthur

4. III - Isode

 

Conclusion

 

Bibliography