Reassessing the heroine in medieval French literature


    • Krause, Kathy M.


Reassessing the heroine in medieval French literature

edited by Kathy M. Krause

University Press of Florida, c2001

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Includes bibliographical references and index



These essays explore the various manifestations of the heroine in medieval French literature and her multiple relationships with discourse, both medieval and modern. From a discussion of 12th-century saints' lives to an examination of 15th-century farce, they span the Middle Ages, both chronologically and generically. Focused yet considering a wide range of texts, they shine new light on the heroine and how she behaves, including how she herself uses discourse.


  • Part I Saintly women- hagiography, miracle, and epic: "Cume lur cumpaine et lur veisine"- women's roles in Anglo-Norman hagiography, Duncan Robertson
  • virgin, saint, and sinners- women in Gautier de Coinci's "Miracles de Nostre Dame", Kathy M. Krause
  • women's voices raised in prayer- on the "Epic Credo" in Adenet le Roi's "Berte as grans pies", David Wrisley. Part II Amorous women- romance and lyric: Melusine's double binds- foundation, transgression, and the genealogical romance, Ana Pairet
  • on Fenice's vain attempts to revise a romantic archetype and Chr tien's fabled hostility to the Tristan legend, Joan Grimbert
  • the lyric lady in narrative, William D. Paden. Part III Dissenting women- lyric and farce: "Fine Words on Closed Ears"- impertinent women, discordant voices, discourteous words, Nadine Bordessoule
  • poetic justice- the revenge of La Guignarde in the "Livre des Cent Ballades", Sally Tartline Carden
  • woman's cry- broken language, marital disputes, and the poetics of medieval farce, Christopher Lucken.

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