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Abandoned Women: Rewriting the Classics in Dante, Boccaccio, and Chaucer

Abandoned Women: Rewriting the Classics in Dante, Boccaccio, and Chaucer

By: Susan C. Hagedorn (author)Hardback

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The abandoned, heart-breaken woman was a popular figure in classical literature, not least as a foil to the active hero. Dido stands out in particular, not only from Virgil's Aeneid but also from Ovid's Heroides . As this detailed study shows, the Heroides, the Aeneid and Statius' Achilleid provided medieval authors with their best inspiration for abandoned women. Hagedorn focuses on the works of three late medieval writers, showing how the stories of Dido, Deidamia, Ariadne and others still had the power to move medieval authors. The book includes numerous extracts from poems, with English translations where appropriate, including Dante's Inferno, Boccaccio's Teseida, the Amorosa Visione and Elegia di Madonna Fiammetta and Chaucer's The Knight's Tale', The Legend of Good Women and Troilus and Criseyde .


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.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780472113491
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 232
  • ID: 9780472113491
  • ISBN10: 0472113496

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