Browse by Subject: Medieval/Renaissance

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Boccaccio's Fabliaux: Medieval Short Stories and the Function of Reversal

This new and provocative interpretation examines the formal similarities between the Decameron’s tales of wit, wisdom, and practical jokes and the popular thirteenth-century fabliaux.

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Ogling Ladies: Scopophilia in Medieval German Literature

The love of looking, or scopophilia, is a common motif among female figures in medieval art and literature where it is usually expressed as a motherly or sexually interested gaze--one sanctioned, the other forbidden. Sandra Summers investigates these two major variants of female voyeurism in exemplary didactic and courtly literature by medieval German authors.

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An Introduction to Geoffrey Chaucer

An indispensable resource for students, teachers, and anyone who has ever wanted to learn more about this crucial figure of English literature.

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An Introduction to British Arthurian Narrative

An Introduction to British Arthurian Narrative covers over 400 years and discusses a broad range of romances, histories, and parodies written about King Arthur in Britain during the medieval period.

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An Introduction to the Gawain Poet

In An Introduction to the Gawain Poet, John Bowers surveys an expanded selection of the works of Chaucer's anonymous contemporary, considering Sir Gawain and the Green Knight alongside the poet's lesser known but no less brilliant works.

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An Introduction to Christine de Pizan

Designed as an introduction for students as well as a convenient, one-volume resource for medievalists and specialists in related fields, this authoritative work is both concise and comprehensive. It includes a complete account of Christine de Pizan’s life and times, summaries and commentary on all of her many works, and analyses of her sources and influences. 

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Rhetorical Readings, Dark Comedies, and Shakespeare's Problem Plays

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An Anthology of Medieval Love Debate Poetry