The New Middle Ages

Medieval Romance and the Construction of Heterosexuality

Authors: Sylvester, L.

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This book interrogates our ideas about heterosexuality through examination of medieval romance narratives. Familiar configurations of romantic fiction such as male desire overwhelming feminine reluctance and the aloof masculine hero undone by love derive from this period. This book tests current theories of language and desire through stylistic analysis, examining transitivity choices and speech acts in sexual encounters and conversations in medieval romances. In the context of current preoccupations with gender and sexuality, and consent in rape cases, this study is of interest to scholars investigating language and sexuality as well as those researching and teaching medieval literature and culture.

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LOUISE M. SYLVESTER is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Central England, Birmingham, UK. 

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"This study makes a significant and needed contribution to Chaucer studies. It provides an attractive application of close linguistic analysis to discuss central medieval texts including Chaucer, in the context of current interests in gender and sexuality. Filled with precise and measurable observations - sometimes counter-intuitive- it lays down a marker for less textually observant theoretical approaches. It is written with verve and style, engages with issues of topical interest and encourages a sharp, intellectual approach to the text - not only of Chaucer, but of often neglected medieval romances." - Rosalind Field, Royal Holloway University of London


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Medieval Romance and the Construction of Heterosexuality
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Louise M. Sylvester
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-61031-6
DOI
10.1057/9780230610316
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-60278-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-37111-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 202
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