Mediaeval Misogyny and the Invention of Western Romantic Love
By (author) R. Howard Bloch
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Mediaeval Misogyny and the Invention of Western Romantic Love by R. Howard Bloch
Book DescriptionUntil now the advent of Western romantic love has been seen as a liberation from--or antidote to--ten centuries of misogyny. In this major contribution to gender studies, R. Howard Bloch demonstrates how similar the ubiquitous antifeminism of medieval times and the romantic idealization of woman actually are. Through analyses of a broad range of patristic and medieval texts, Bloch explores the Christian construction of gender in which the flesh is feminized, the feminine is aestheticized, and aesthetics are condemned in theological terms. Tracing the underlying theme of virginity from the Church Fathers to the courtly poets, Bloch establishes the continuity between early Christian antifeminism and the idealization of woman that emerged in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. In conclusion he explains the likely social, economic, and legal causes for the seeming inversion of the terms of misogyny into those of an idealizing tradition of love that exists alongside its earlier avatar until the current era. This startling study will be of great value to students of medieval literature as well as to historians of culture and gender.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226059730
(227mm x 150mm x 19mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1992
Country of Publication: United States
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Rethinking the New Medievalism, Paperback (April 2014)
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Fabliaux, Hardback (July 2013)
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Anonymous Marie de France, Paperback (May 2006)» View all books by R. Howard Bloch
Offers a reconception of the person generally assumed to be the first woman writer in French, the woman referred to as Marie de France in contemporary times. This book considers almost all of the writing ascribed to Marie, including her famous "Lais", her 103 animal fables, and the earliest vernacular, "Saint Patrick's Purgatory".
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