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Monday, March 26, 2012

Women's Power in Late Medieval Romance

Amy Vines, assistant professor in UNCG's English Department, wrote Women's Power in Late Medieval Romance. The publisher explains:

"The cultural and social power of women in the middle ages is perhaps hard to trace, with evidence for it scarce. This book argues that medieval romances provide a central, but under-explored, source for and examples of such authority. By reassessing the influence exerted by female characters, in a spectrum that includes both intellectual and chivalric aid and, in some cases, patronage, it considers how they functioned as models of cultural, intellectual, and social authority in medieval literary texts. In addition to examples set by the family connections, socio-political networks, and textual communities in which they lived, this study argues that women also learned methods of influence from the books they read. In texts like Troilus and Criseyde and Partonope of Blois, the female reader encounters an explicit demonstration of how a woman`s intellectual and financial resources can be used. The literary representations of women`s cultural power expose a continuum of influence from non-material effects to material sway in the medieval patronage system, an influence often unacknowledged in strictly historical and extra-literary sources."

Women's Power in Late Medieval Romance includes chapters such as: 1. Prophecy as Social Influence: Cassandra, Anne Neville, and the Corpus Christi Manuscript of Troilus and Criseyde -- 2. The Science of Female Power in John Metham's Amoryus and Cleopes -- 3. A Woman's "Crafte": Sexual and Chivalric Patronage in Partonope of Blois -- 4. Creative Revisions: Competing Figures of the Patroness in Thomas Chestre's Sir Launfal.

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