The New Middle Ages

Space, Gender, and Memory in Middle English Romance

Architectures of Wonder in Melusine

Authors: Shaw, Jan

  • Fills a much-needed scholarly gap for Melusine, a work that has been under-explored up until nowApproaches Melusine through several theoretical discussions including spatial, gender, and memory theoriesWidens discussions of Melusine to larger contexts about gender and England in the Middle Ages.

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About this book

This book offers a much-needed consideration of Melusine within medieval and contemporary theories of space, memory, and gender. The Middle English Melusine offers a particularly rich source for such a study, as it presents the story of a powerful fairy/human woman who desires a full human life—and death—within a literary tradition that is more friendly to women’s agency than its continental counterparts. After establishing a “textual habitus of wonder,” Jan Shaw explores the tale in relation to a range of Middle English traditions including love and marriage, the spatial practices of women, the operation of individual and collective memory, and the legacies of patrimony. Melusine emerges as a complex figure, representing a multifaceted feminine subject that furthers our understanding of Middle English women’s sense of self in the world.

About the authors

Jan Shaw is Senior Lecturer of English at the University of Sydney, Australia. She has published on women in the romance of Medieval Britain, medievalism in contemporary literature by women, and narrative and gender approaches in leadership studies. She is also co-editor of Storytelling: Critical and Creative Approaches.

Reviews

“Displaying both a wide range of scholarship and a readable style, Jan Shaw shines a revealing light upon a number of medieval discourses – religious, philosophical, historical and architectural – as well as the theorizations of the feminine of our own times to reinterpret the little-known late medieval romance of Melusine. This study will transform our understanding of both the text and the potential of feminine subjectivity in the Middle Ages.” (Peter Goodall, Honorary Professor of Arts and Communication, University of Southern Queensland, Australia)

“Intelligently written and compelling to read, Jan Shaw’s pioneering account of the Middle English Melusine retrieves a complex heroine who challenges cultural narratives of gender. Engaging lucidly with theories of space and memory, Shaw redefines Melusine’s ambiguous hybridity, half fairy and half human, as a positive source of female agency. Shaw’s book, the first full-length study of this key text, transforms our understanding of the female subject in medieval romance.” (Helen Fulton, Professor of Medieval Literature, University of Bristol, UK)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook $79.99
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Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-45650-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Space, Gender, and Memory in Middle English Romance
Book Subtitle
Architectures of Wonder in Melusine
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-45046-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-45046-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-45650-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 272
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