Monstrous Women in Middle English Romance
Representations of Mysterious Female PowereBook - 2010
This study treats the appearance of the monstrous woman in Middle English romance narratives as a self-conscious literary trope that reflects on, and often criticizes, the grounds of philosophical, cultural, and narrative discourse that place women both inside and outside medieval culture, constructing them as Other by biological and social difference yet relying on them for the reproduction and healthy maintenance of the male-governed social order. Building on current monster theory and adding to research on medieval women in literature, this study reclaims the Middle English romance as a sop.
Publisher: Lewiston : Edwin Mellen Press, 2010
Characteristics: 1 online resource (295 pages)