Women and Medieval Epic: Gender, Genre, and the Limits of Epic Masculinity

Title

Women and Medieval Epic: Gender, Genre, and the Limits of Epic Masculinity

Department

Medieval Studies

Document Type

Book

Files

Description

This collection of essays explores the place, function, and meaning of women as characters, authors, constructs, and cultural symbols in a variety of epics from the Middle Ages, including those of Persia, Spain, France, England, Germany, and Scandinavia.nbsp; Medieval epics are traditionally believed to narrate the deeds of men at war. This volume draws our attention not only to the key roles women often play in these narratives, but also to the larger implications they might have for thehistory of gender. Rather than invite simple cross-cultural generalizations about epic women, however, this book bears witness to the complex gender configurations molded by the rich epic literature of the medieval period.nbsp;

ISBN

1403966028

Publication Date

2007

Keywords

Poetry, Medieval, History and Criticism

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | Medieval History | Social History

Citation for published book

Poor, Sara S, and Jana K. Schulman. Women and Medieval Epic: Gender, Genre, and the Limits of Epic Masculinity. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.