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The French Fetish from Chaucer to Shakespeare

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  • Date Published: May 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521037389

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  • Tracing the cultural legacy of the Norman Conquest in England from 1350 to 1600, Deanne Williams demonstrates how English literature emerged out of a simultaneous engagement with, and resistance to, the presence of French language and culture in medieval and early modern England. Chapters on Chaucer, the Corpus Christi Plays, William Caxton, early Tudor poetry, and Shakespeare examine a variety of English responses to, and representations of, France and "the French".

    • Considers cultural legacy of the Norman Conquest
    • Regards signification of French and 'Frenchness' in England, rather than regarding it simply as a literary and cultural source
    • Offers fresh readings of canonical texts by Chaucer, Shakespeare and of the early history of print in England
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    • Winner of the 2004 Roland H. Bainton Prize for Best Book in Literature from the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference.

    Reviews & endorsements

    "...the originality of the main thesis, the breadth of learning, the theoretical sophistication, and the conceptual vitality of Deanne Williams all contribute to make her book a reference work that advance courses in the field; it is a landmark study that will influence and redraw English Renaissance studies for a long time."
    - Alexandre Leupin, Professor of French Studies at Louisiana State University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521037389
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.424kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Introduction. Barbarous intimations
    1. Pardon my French
    2. Sympathy for the devil
    3. My fair lady
    4. A fine romance
    5. Roan Barbary
    Conclusion. No man's Elizabeth

  • Author

    Deanne Williams, York University, Toronto
    Deanne Williams is Assistant Professor at the Department of English, York University, Toronto.


    • Winner of the 2004 Roland H. Bainton Prize for Best Book in Literature from the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference.

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