Class and Gender in Early English Literature

Class and Gender in Early English Literature : Intersections

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These dramatic new readings of Old and Middle English texts explore the rich theoretical territory at the intersection of class and gender, and highlight the interplay of the critic, methodology, and the medieval text. Together these essays ask how medieval English writings might pose in a distinctive way the question of a link between class and gender. Among the texts discussed are the "Old English Judith", riddles in the "Exeter Book", "Old English Elegies", Piers Plowman, Middle English popular romances, and Chaucer's "Hous of Fame" and "The Pardoner's Tale". The contributors are Karma Lochrie, John W. Tanke, Helen T. Bennett, David Aers, Harriet E. Hudson, Britton J. Harwood, Clare E. Lees, and Allen J. more

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 145 x 218.7 x 19.3mm | 393.14g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253208580
  • 9780253208583

About Britton J. Harwood

BRITTON J. HARWOOD teaches at Miami University and is author of Piers Plowman and the Problem of Belief. GILLIAN R. OVERING is Professor of English at Wake Forest University and is author of Language, Sign, and Gender in beowulf and co-author of Landscape of Desire: Partial Stories of the Northern Medieval more

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Foreword Britton J. Harwood and Gillian R. Overing Gender, Sexual Violence, and the Politics of War in the Old English Judith Karma Lochrie Wonfeax wale: Ideology and Figuration in the Sexual Riddles of the Exeter Book John W. Tanke Exile and the Semiosis of Gender in Old English Elegies Helen T. Bennett Class, Gender, Medieval Criticism, and Piers Plowman David Aers Construction of Class, Family, and Gender in Some Middle English Popular Romances Harriet E. Hudson Building Class and Gender into ChaucerOs Hous Britton J. Harwood Gender and Exchange in Piers Plowman Clare A. Lees The PardonerOs Tale, the Pervert, and the Price of Order in ChaucerOs World Allen J. Frantzen Contributors Indexshow more

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