Tales the Textiles Tell in the in the Lais of Marie De France: Weaving as a Signifying System

Tales the Textiles Tell in the in the Lais of Marie De France: Weaving as a Signifying System

By: Gloria Thomas Gilmore-Hunt (author)Hardback

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This title offers an analysis of the textiles in the "Lais of Marie de France" which considers the textiles in the whole corpus of Lais. This work is unique in showing that textiles constitute a cohesive secondary signifying system throughout the "Lais of Marie de France". There they function as texts-within-a-text. Etymologically, both text and textile derive from weaving. We read these textiles as complete signs that transfer meaning, as symbols whose meaning may or may not be interpreted, or merely as signals highlighting import. The quantity of textile references in Marie's minimalistic texts emphasizes their potential for meaning. In view of the fact that women were the primary producers of textiles until the late Middle Ages, textiles should be read as a form of feminine text, especially since we presume the "Lais'" author to be a woman.

Contents

1. Textiles as a Signifying System; 2. The Relation of Textiles to Violence; 3. Textiles in the Generating of Subjectivity; 4. Textiles as Confinement or Expression.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773425972
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 292
  • ID: 9780773425972
  • ISBN10: 0773425977

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