Violence Against Women in Medieval Texts

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Anna Kłosowska, Anna Roberts
University Press of Florida, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 254 pages
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"A valuable collection that makes an important contribution to a topic very current in medieval feminist scholarship. . . . The articles successfully combine close readings with critical sophistication."--Nancy A. Jones, College of the Holy Cross and Brandeis University


"Will appeal to the growing number of medievalists in English, history, French, and Spanish who are interested in the study of women in the Middle Ages."--Elizabeth Robertson, University of Colorado

This volume brings together specialists from different areas of medieval literary study to focus on the role of habits of thought in shaping attitudes toward women during the Middle Ages. The collection is unusual in the breadth of its coverage and diversity of its critical approaches. The essays range from Old English literature to the Spanish Inquisition and encompass such genres as romance, chronicles, hagiography, and legal documents. In its use of well-known authors (Chaucer and Christine de Pizan) and lesser-known writers, this collection provides a rich and useful survey for researchers in women's studies and medieval literature.

Introduction: Violence against Women and the Habits of Thought, by Anna Roberts
The Violence of Exegesis: Reading the Bodies of lfric's Female Saints, by Shari Horner
Women, Power, and Violence in Orderic Vitalis's Historia Ecclesiastica, by Jean Blacker
The Mont St. Michel Giant: Sexual Violence and Imperialism in the Chronicles of Wace and Laamon, by Laurie Finke and Martin Shichtman
Consuming Passions: Variations on the Eaten Heart Theme, by Madeleine Jeay
The Rhetoric of Incest in the Middle English Emaré, by Anne Laskaya
"Quiting" Eve: Violence against Women in the Canterbury Tales, by Angela Weisl
Rivalry, Rape, and Manhood: Gower and Chaucer, by Carolyn Dinshaw
Gender Subversion and Linguistic Castration in Fifteenth-Century English Translations of Christine de Pizan, by Jane Chance
Domesticating the Spanish Inquisition, by Deborah Ellis
Violence, Silence, and the Memory of Witches, by Jody Enders


Anna Roberts, assistant professor of French at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, has written several book chapters and published articles in Romance Languages Annual.

 

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Contents

List of Figures
1
Reading the Bodies
22
Women Power and Violence
44
Variations on the Eaten Heart Theme
75
The Rhetoric of Incest in the Middle English Emare
97
Violence against Women in the Canterbury Tales
115
Gower and Chaucer
137
Gender Subversion and Linguistic Castration in FifteenthCentury
161
Domesticating the Spanish Inquisition
195
Violence Silence and the Memory of Witches
210
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Roberts is assistant professor of French at Miami University in Oxfor, Ohio.

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