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Author Swift, Helen J., 1979-

Title Gender, writing, and performance : men defending women in late medieval France, 1440-1538 / Helen J. Swift
Published Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2008]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 285 pages) : illustrations
Series Oxford modern languages and literature monographs
Oxford modern languages and literature monographs.
Contents Haunting text and paratext : performing intertextuality in Querelle debates -- Perfoming conflict : the drama of debate -- Representing women in the Querelle des femmes
Summary This book explores the poetics of literary defences of women written by men in late-medieval and early-modern France. Whereas male-authored defences composed between 1440 and 1538 have previously been dismissed as "insincere" or "mere intellectual games," Swift formulates reading strategies to overcome such critical stumbling blocks and engage with the particular rhetorical and historical contexts of these works. Edited and as yet unedited texts by Martin Le Franc, Jacques Milet, Pierre Michault, and Jean Bouchet-catalogues of women, allegorical narratives, and debate poems-are brought together and analysed in detail for the first time in order to explore, for example, how such works address the misogynistic spectre of Jean de Meun's Roman de la rose. The book seeks to understand the contemporary popularity of the case for women (la querelle des femmes) as literary subject matter. It investigates the publication history across this period, from manuscript to print, of Le Franc's Le Champion des dames. Swift further aims to show how these texts hold interest for modern audiences. A nexus of theoretical concerns centred on performance - Judith Butler's gender performativity, Derrida's re-working of Austin's linguistic performativity through spectrality, and dramatic performance - is enlisted to articulate the interpretative engagement expected by querelle writers of their audience. --From publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-275) and index
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Subject French literature -- Male authors -- History and criticism.
French literature -- 16th century -- History and criticism.
French literature -- To 1500 -- History and criticism.
Women in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0191552518 (electronic bk.)
9780191552519 (electronic bk.)