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The Resource Minding the body : women and literature in the Middle Ages, 800-1500, Monica Brzezinski Potkay and Regula Meyer Evitt

Minding the body : women and literature in the Middle Ages, 800-1500, Monica Brzezinski Potkay and Regula Meyer Evitt

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Minding the body : women and literature in the Middle Ages, 800-1500
Title
Minding the body
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women and literature in the Middle Ages, 800-1500
Statement of responsibility
Monica Brzezinski Potkay and Regula Meyer Evitt
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Language
eng
Summary
"Warrior queens, courtly lovers, monstrous sinners, divine goddesses, tortured martyrs, beguiling sorceresses, ecstatic visionaries, victims of rape: these are just a few of the roles women often played in medieval literature, and sometimes in medieval life. In Minding the Body, Monica Brzezinski Potkay and Regula Meyer Evitt explore the complex relationship between medieval literature and reality, and consider the extent to which legend imitated life. Female characters are less often portraits of actual women, the authors explain, than representations of medieval cultures idea of an abstract "feminine." Potkay and Evitt study the medieval feminine as defined by both male and female authors, with special attention to Marie de France, Geoffrey Chaucer, Julian of Norwich, and Margery Kempe." "This is a balanced account: Potkay and Evitt outline how deeply entrenched misogyny was in medieval society, while they examine the opportunities open to women in religious and secular life. With solid scholarship and lively prose, the authors succeed in uncovering both the perceptions and realities of female life in medieval Europe. This inclusive survey of current medieval scholarship has the non-specialist in mind, and the authors' forthright and engaging tone will enliven readers' encounters with this dynamic area of study. In addition, as the first comprehensive analysis of the role of gender in major texts written by both men and women in medieval England, this study will be of value to experts in the field of medieval studies."--BOOK JACKET
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Potkay, Monica Brzezinski
Dewey number
820.9/9287/0902
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR113
LC item number
.P68 1997
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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Evitt, Regula Meyer
Series statement
Twayne's women and literature series
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  • English literature
  • English literature
  • English literature
  • Literature, Medieval
  • Women and literature
  • Women
  • Civilization, Medieval, in literature
  • Human body in literature
  • Women in literature
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Minding the body : women and literature in the Middle Ages, 800-1500, Monica Brzezinski Potkay and Regula Meyer Evitt
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 224-230) and index
Contents
Body and soul: religious constructions of female authorship -- Redeeming ornament: women in Old English literature -- Mirror and window: The courtly lady in Provençal ; Love poetry and English Marian hymns -- Love and marriage: women in the family romance -- When Echo speaks: Marie de France and the poetics of remembrance -- Body broken, body whole: eucharistic devotion, Fabliaux, and the feminine impulse of the Corpus Christi drama -- The female speaker in dream vision: the problem of (women's) language -- Chaucer, rape, and the poetic powers of ventriloquism -- Revaluing the female body, reconceiving motherhood: mysticism and the maternal in Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe -- Beyond the Middle Ages and outside the canon -- Chronology
Control code
ocm35331289
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 238 p.
Isbn
9780805789812
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
96036468
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)35331289
Label
Minding the body : women and literature in the Middle Ages, 800-1500, Monica Brzezinski Potkay and Regula Meyer Evitt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 224-230) and index
Contents
Body and soul: religious constructions of female authorship -- Redeeming ornament: women in Old English literature -- Mirror and window: The courtly lady in Provençal ; Love poetry and English Marian hymns -- Love and marriage: women in the family romance -- When Echo speaks: Marie de France and the poetics of remembrance -- Body broken, body whole: eucharistic devotion, Fabliaux, and the feminine impulse of the Corpus Christi drama -- The female speaker in dream vision: the problem of (women's) language -- Chaucer, rape, and the poetic powers of ventriloquism -- Revaluing the female body, reconceiving motherhood: mysticism and the maternal in Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe -- Beyond the Middle Ages and outside the canon -- Chronology
Control code
ocm35331289
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 238 p.
Isbn
9780805789812
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
96036468
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)35331289

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