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Loathly Lady Transformed: A Literary and Cultural Analysis of the Medieval Irish and English Hag-Beauty Tales

Passmore, S. Elizabeth. "Loathly Lady Transformed: A Literary and Cultural Analysis of the Medieval Irish and English Hag-Beauty Tales." PhD thesis, University of Connecticut, 2004.

Review

“This dissertation examines five extant Middle Irish kingship tales . . . along with four Middle English Loathly Lady tales (Gower's Tale of Florent, Chaucer's Wife of Bath's Tale, The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle, and The Marriage of Sir Gawain) to demonstrate their connection through the role of the Loathly Lady as counselor to the male protagonist. The themes of kingship (encompassing all aristocratic leadership) and counsel (focusing on the role of the Loathly Lady as advisor) are viewed through historical and cultural factors in eleventh to twelfth century Ireland and fourteenth to fifteenth century England. . . .

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information:Dissertation Abstracts International 65.12 (2005): 4556A.
Subjects:Sources, Analogues, and Literary Relations
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