Violent women and the blurring of gender in some medieval narratives

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Abstract

This chapter focuses on literary depictions of women's attempts to challenge the phallocentric patriarchal society and resist the masculine established order by displaying violent or even murderous behavior toward men in French medieval literature. I contend that such brutal scenes were often cloaked as comic narratives and were perceived by the readers as nothing more than fiction - literary events that would never be seen in reality. I discuss the blurred boundaries between masculine and feminine behavior as they are dealt with in the twelfth-century romance Cligès by Chrétien de Troyes, Fénice's fausse mort, Lai d'I- guanré, by Renaut, and the Hebrew Tale of Old Bearded Achbor by Yaakov Ben Elazar.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBlurred Boundaries and Deceptive Dichotomies in Pre-Modern Texts and Images
Subtitle of host publicationCulture, Society and Reception
Publisherde Gruyter
Pages125-143
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783111243894
ISBN (Print)9783111243566
DOIs
StatePublished - 18 Dec 2023

Keywords

  • Adultery
  • Cligès
  • Courtly love literature
  • Fausse mort
  • Fin'amor
  • Gender
  • Herodotus
  • Lysistrata
  • Sex strike

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences

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