Writing Masculinity in the Later Middle Ages by Isabel DavisWriting Masculinity in the Later Middle Ages by Isabel Davis

Writing Masculinity in the Later Middle Ages

byIsabel Davis

Paperback | April 1, 2010

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Medieval discourses of masculinity and male sexuality were closely linked to the idea and representation of work as a male responsibility. Isabel Davis identifies a discourse of masculine selfhood which is preoccupied with the ethics of labour and domestic living. She analyses how five major London writers of the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries constructed the male self: William Langland, Thomas Usk, John Gower, Geoffrey Chaucer and Thomas Hoccleve. These literary texts, while they have often been considered for what they say about the feminine role and identity, have rarely been thought of as evidence for masculinity; this study seeks to redress that imbalance. Looking again at the texts themselves, and their cultural contexts, Davis presents a genuinely fresh perspective on ideas about gender, labour and domestic life in medieval Britain.
Title:Writing Masculinity in the Later Middle AgesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:April 1, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521142172

ISBN - 13:9780521142175


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction: writing masculinity in the later Middle Ages; 1. The masculine ethics of Langland's Piers Plowman; 2. Them and Usk: writing home in the Middle Ages; 3. John Gower's 'strange places': errant masculinity in the Confessio Amantis; 4. 'And of my swynk yet blered is myn ye': Chaucer's Canon's Yeoman looks in the mirror; 5. Autobiography and skin: the work of Thomas Hoccleve; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

Review of the hardback: 'Intellectually powerful, historically erudite, and critically trenchant.' Speculum