Monstrous Women in Middle English Romance: Representations of Mysterious Female Power

Monstrous Women in Middle English Romance: Representations of Mysterious Female Power

By: Misty Urban (author)Hardback

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Foreword by Professor Andrew Galloway; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Monsters, Women, and the Work of Romance; Monstrous Women in Medieval Literary Traditions; Monster as Signifier; Women and Medieval Misogyny; Romance in England and its Relationship to Women; The Fictional Possibilities of the Medieval Romance; Methodology; 1. The Fate of Melusine in England; Melusine's Origins; Melusine's Analogues in Art and Myth; Woman, Monster, Evil; Introducing Melusine; 2. Melusine's Monstrosity; Melusine's Fairy Heritage; Melusine's Serpent Form; Melusine as Courtly Paragon; Melusine's Transformations; Melusine's Crime; Melusine's Legacy; Melusine's English Reception; 3. The Rehabilitation of Medea; Backgrounds to the Middle English Medea; Chaucer's Medea; Gower's Medea; Caxton's Medea; Conclusion; 4. Exiled Queens and Monstrous Matriarchs; Meaningful Violence; Problematic Virtue and Monstrous Queens; Gower's Constance: Moral Motherhood; Chaucer's Custance: "Grace" and "Place"; Monstrous Relations: Fairy Births and the Threat of Incest; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773437760
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780773437760
  • ISBN10: 0773437762

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