Space, Gender, and Memory in Middle English Romance : Architectures of Wonder in Melusine Hardback
by Jan Shaw
Part of the The New Middle Ages series
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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 272 pages, VII, 272 p.
- Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
- Publication Date: 13/09/2016
- Category: Literary theory
- ISBN: 9781137456502
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