Synopses & Reviews
"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.
Table of Contents
Petrarch's beloved body : Italia mia / Margaret Brose -- Unruly bodies and ruling practices : Chaucer's Physician's tale as socially symbolic act / Linda Lomperis -- The body politic and the queen's adulterous body in French romance / Peggy McCracken -- Purity and danger : The paradox of Mary's body and the en-gendering of the Infancy narrative in the English Mystery Cycles / Theresa Coletti -- Feminist masterplots : the gaze on the body of Pearl's dead girl / Sarah Stanbury -- Originary fantasies and Chaucer's Book of the duchess / Gayle Margherita -- Medieval medical views of women and female spirituality in the Ancrene wisse and Julian of Norwich's Showings / Elizabeth Robertson -- Body into text : the Book of Margery Kempe / Wendy Harding -- The prick which is not one : how women talk back in Old French fabliaux / E. Jane Burns -- At the bottom of mirage, a woman's body : Le Roman de la rose of Jean Renart / Helen Solterer.