Gender and History in Medieval English Romance and Chronicle (Studies in the Humanities (Hardcover)


By Laura D. Barefield

Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publi, 9780820461847, 135pp.

Publication Date: August 13, 2003

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This reading of canonical texts of medieval English literature - Sir Gawain and the Green Night and Chaucer's Man of Law's Tale - alongside Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia regum Britanniae and other Anglo-Norman and English chronicles offers a broader context for reading the romance narratives and re-evaluates romance conventions in light of the genealogical priorities of these chronicles. By arguing that maternity is featured as a position of power, Gender and History in Medieval English Romance and Chronicle adds to our understanding of women and sovereignty, and the ways gender and authority were rhetorically linked to medieval texts.

About the Author

The Author: Laura D. Barefield is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.