Gower Bibliography

Reading emotional bodies: Love and gender in late medieval English literature

Beck, Christian Blevins. "Reading emotional bodies: Love and gender in late medieval English literature." PhD thesis, State University of New York at Binghamton, 2010.

Review

"'Reading Emotional Bodies' utilizes the history of emotions, phenomenology, and gender theory to argue for a culturally specific performance of love in medieval English literature. Texts such as Sir Launfal' and 'Ywain and Gawain' reveal an English performance of love and its ties to performances of masculinity that differ from their Old French sources. The selections of John Gower's 'Confessio Amantis' found in Cambridge University Library MS Ff.1.6 offer further support for an English performance of love as an emotion. Chaucer's 'Troilus and Criseyde' presents a critique of late medieval feminine embodiment and the bodily expressions of love and the 'Legend of Good Women' not only supports Chaucer's critique found in the 'Troilus,' but also subverts the culturally acceptable and expected literary presentation of women."

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information:DAI-A 71.11 (2011)
Subjects:Confessio Amantis
Manuscripts and Textual Studies

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