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Fall of Women in Early English Narrative Verse

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ISBN-10: 0521179270

ISBN-13: 9780521179270

Edition: 2010

Authors: Gvtz Schmitz

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The image of the 'fallen woman' was a common one in Elizabethan literature. This study, translated from the original German by the author, deals with an unconventional aspect of the motif, the genre of 'complaint' in which writers enabled women to put their own case, bewailing their fate, invoking pity, and stressing private rather than public virtues. The book begins with a group of Elizabethan poems in which women such as Fair Rosamond and Jane Shore, the concubines of Henry II and Edward IV, lament their unfortunate lives. It goes on to deal with a range of works, tracing the complaint from classical models such as Ovid's Heroical Epistles to Chaucer's Legend of Good Women and…    
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Book details

List price: $42.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/11/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 314
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.71" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

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