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Space, Gender, and Memory in Middle English Romance

Architectures of Wonder in Melusine

von Shaw, Jan   (Autor)

This book offers a much-needed consideration of Melusine within medieval and contemporary theories of space, memory, and gender. The Middle English Melusine offers a particularly rich source for such a study, as it presents the story of a powerful fairy/human woman who desires a full human life-and death-within a literary tradition that is more friendly to women's agency than its continental counterparts. After establishing a "textual habitus of wonder," Jan Shaw explores the tale in relation to a range of Middle English traditions including love and marriage, the spatial practices of women, the operation of individual and collective memory, and the legacies of patrimony. Melusine emerges as a complex figure, representing a multifaceted feminine subject that furthers our understanding of Middle English women's sense of self in the world.

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This book offers a much-needed consideration of Melusine within medieval and contemporary theories of space, memory, and gender. The Middle English Melusine offers a particularly rich source for such a study, as it presents the story of a powerful fairy/human woman who desires a full human life-and death-within a literary tradition that is more friendly to women's agency than its continental counterparts. After establishing a "textual habitus of wonder," Jan Shaw explores the tale in relation to a range of Middle English traditions including love and marriage, the spatial practices of women, the operation of individual and collective memory, and the legacies of patrimony. Melusine emerges as a complex figure, representing a multifaceted feminine subject that furthers our understanding of Middle English women's sense of self in the world. 

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Introduction Chapter One: An Epistemology of Wonder Chapter Two: Wonder and Love Chapter Three: Building Gender Chapter Four: Architectures of Memory Chapter Five: Problematic Pasts and New Beginnings Conclusion: The Divine Ordo : Reprise 

Kritik

"The story of the beautiful fairy M‚lusine who is cursed by her own mother to transform into a half-serpent once a week has fascinated readers for centuries. ... Shaw's analysis covers an impressive range of modern and medieval concepts ... . Shaw's work lays a good and highly promising foundation for future discussions about this text, and about feminine subjectivity in Middle English romance more broadly." (Lydia Zeldenrust, Modern Language Review, Vol. 133 (2) April, 2018) 

Autoreninfo

Jan Shaw is Senior Lecturer of English at the University of Sydney, Australia. She has published on women in the romance of Medieval Britain, medievalism in contemporary literature by women, and narrative and gender approaches in leadership studies. She is also co-editor of Storytelling: Critical and Creative Approaches.
 

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Palgrave Macmillan

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Medium: Buch
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Seiten: vii, 272
Sprache: Englisch
Erschienen: September 2016
Sonstiges: .978-1-137-45650-2
Maße: 216 x 153 mm
Gewicht: 478 g
ISBN-10: 1137456507
ISBN-13: 9781137456502

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