Feminist approaches to the body in medieval literature
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993 - Literary Criticism - 255 pages
Feminist Approaches to the Body in Medieval Literature forges a new link between contemporary feminist and cultural theory and medieval history and literature. The essays establish crucial historical connections between feminist theorizing about the body and specific accounts of gendered bodies in medieval texts.
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