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Women and Marriage in German Medieval Romance

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature

  • Date Published: February 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107646292

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  • In contrast to the widespread view that the Middle Ages were a static, unchanging period in which attitudes to women were uniformly negative, D. H. Green argues that around 1200 the conventional relationship between men and women was subject to significant challenge through discussions in the vernacular literature of the period. Hitherto scholarly interest in gender relations in such literature has largely focused on French romance or on literature in English from a later period. By turning the focus on the rich material to be garnered from Germany - the romances Erec, Tristan and Parzival - Professor Green shows how some vernacular writers devised methods to debate and challenge the undoubted antifeminism of the day by presenting a Utopian model, supported by a revision of views by the Church, to contrast with contemporary practice.

    • New examination of German medieval literature, extending the range of medieval gender studies beyond French and English-language literature
    • Reinforces the significant role played by women in medieval literature and culture from a new, German, point of view
    • Emphasises changes and innovations in the twelfth century, placed in the wider context of the Middle Ages at large
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    • Date Published: February 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107646292
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Part I. The Role of Women: Introduction
    1. Women in the Middle Ages
    2. Feminisation in the twelfth century
    Part II. Marriage and Love: Introduction
    3. Erec
    4. Tristan
    5. Parzival
    Conclusion.

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    D. H. Green, Trinity College, Cambridge
    D. H. Green is Professor Emeritus in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity College.

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