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The New Middle Ages

Marriage, Property, and Women's Narratives

Authors: Livingston, S.

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An interdisciplinary approach to the study of women and property, combining literature, history, and economics. By looking at women's marriage narratives over a long period of time, the book reveals the deep discontent with the institution of property ownership as a unifying thread from the Middle Ages up through the twentieth-century.

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Sally A. Livingston is Assistant Professor of Humanities-Classics at Ohio Wesleyan University, USA.

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'Livingston traces economic metaphors in women's writing to reveal that the marriage plot was most often deployed in literature when legal restrictions curtailed women's control of money, inheritance, and property. In investigating the work of English, French, and Russian authors from the twelfth through the twentieth centuries, Livingston provides a comparative, feminist analysis to demonstrate that women writers produced fantastical narratives of women's empowerment while living in milieux that afforded them little economic control. By contrast, she shows that where women retained the right to administer their own property, female writers focused their narratives more on women's agency, often illustrating a female protagonist's rejection of marriage and continued independence from patriarchal controls. A wide-ranging discussion that illustrates the effects of lived experience on women's narratives." - Virginia Blanton, associate professor and Chair, Department of English, University of Missouri-Kansas City

"One of the very important consequences of Livingston's research is that it compels us to shift our understanding of how women historically might have viewed themselves. She argues convincingly that if women were property and owned property, then part of the definition of themselves must perforce include comprehending themselves as property, as resource, as domain. Even more intriguing is the necessary subsequent question: if we accept this shift in our understanding, how will this affect our theories and perception of marriage as a theme in women's literature?" - M. C. Bodden, associate professor of English, Marquette University

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: Silence and Women’s Authority

    Livingston, Sally A.

    Pages 1-6

  • Property’s History, Property’s Literature

    Livingston, Sally A.

    Pages 7-18

  • Silence, Language, Sexuality

    Livingston, Sally A.

    Pages 19-34

  • Medieval Women Reject Marriage: Heloise and Marie de France

    Livingston, Sally A.

    Pages 35-62

  • Sexual Purity as Property: Vie Seinte Audree and The Book of Margery Kempe

    Livingston, Sally A.

    Pages 63-74

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Marriage, Property, and Women's Narratives
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-01086-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137010865
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-11506-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-29637-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 226
Topics