Space, Gender, and Memory in Middle English Romance : Architectures of Wonder in Melusine, Hardback Book

Space, Gender, and Memory in Middle English Romance : Architectures of Wonder in Melusine Hardback

Part of the The New Middle Ages series

Description

This book offers a much-needed consideration of Melusine within medieval and contemporary theories of space, memory, and gender.

The Middle English Melusine offers a particularly rich source for such a study, as it presents the story of a powerful fairy/human woman who desires a full human life-and death-within a literary tradition that is more friendly to women's agency than its continental counterparts.

After establishing a "textual habitus of wonder," Jan Shaw explores the tale in relation to a range of Middle English traditions including love and marriage, the spatial practices of women, the operation of individual and collective memory, and the legacies of patrimony.

Melusine emerges as a complex figure, representing a multifaceted feminine subject that furthers our understanding of Middle English women's sense of self in the world.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 272 pages, VII, 272 p.
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary theory
  • ISBN: 9781137456502

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