Abandoned Women: Rewriting the Classics in Dante, Boccaccio, and Chaucer
By: Susan C. Hagedorn (author)Hardback
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Medievalists have long been interested in the "abandoned woman," a figure historically used to examine the value of traditional male heroism. Moving beyond previous studies which have focused primarily on Virgil's Dido, Suzanne Hagedorn focuses on the vernacular works of Dante, Bocaccio, and Chaucer, arguing that revisiting the classical tradition of the abandoned woman enables one to reconsider ancient epics and myths from a female perspective and question assumptions about gender roles in medieval literature.Suzanne Hagedorn is Associate Professor of English at the College of William and Mary.
Introduction: Abandoned Women and Medieval Tradition -- Ovid's Heroides and the Latin Middle Ages -- Statius's Achilleid and Dante's Canto of Ulysses: fraud, rhetoric, and abandoned women -- Boccaccio's Teseo, Chaucer's Theseus: duplicity and desire -- Abandoned women and the dynamics of reader response: Boccaccio's Amorosa, Visione, and Elegia di Madonna Fiammetta -- Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde: re-gendering abandonment -- Chaucer's Heroides: The legend of good women -- Afterword: The metamorphoses of Ovid's heroines -- Appendix: "Deidamia Achilli," ed. Stohlmann.
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