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Women Readers and the Ideology of Gender in Old French Verse Romance

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ISBN-10: 052161936X

ISBN-13: 9780521619363

Edition: 2005

Authors: Roberta L. Krueger, Michael Sheringham

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This study focuses on the relationship between Old French verse romances and the women who formed a part of their audience, and challenges the commonly-held view that all courtly literature promoted the social welfare of the noblewomen to whom romances were dedicated or addressed. Using reader-response theory, feminist criticism and recent historical studies, Roberta Krueger provides close readings of a selection of texts, both well-known and less well-known, to show an intriguing variety of portrayals of women: misogynistic, idealizing and didactic. She suggests that romances not only taught their audiences idealized models of masculine and feminine behaviour (including a sophisticated…    
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Book details

List price: $45.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/17/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Norman R. Shapiro is a professor of romance languages and literatures at Wesleyan University and a widely published, award-winning translator of French poetry, theater, and fiction. His works include Four Farces by Georges Feydeau, Selected Poems from 'Les Fleurs du Mal' of Baudelaire, One Hundred and One Poems by Paul Verlaine, The Fabulists French, and The Complete Fables of Jean de La Fontaine. He is a member of the Academy of American Poets.

List of illustrations
Preface
The displaced reader: the female audience of Old French romance
The question of women in Yvain and Le Chevalier de la Charrette
Playing to the ladies: chivalry and misogyny in Ipomedon, Le Chevalier a l'Epee, and La Vengeance Raguidel
Women readers and the politics of gender in Le roman de Silence
Double jeopardy: the appropriation of women in four romances from the cycle de la gageure
Constructing sexual identities in Robert de Blois' didactic poetry
The reader as object of desire in Le roman du Castelain de Couci et de la dame de Fayel
A Woman's Response: Christine de Pizan's Le livre du Duc des Vrais Amans and the limits of romance
Conclusion
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index