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Space, Gender, and Memory in Middle English Romance - Architectures of Wonder in Melusine

of: Jan Shaw

Palgrave Macmillan, 2016

ISBN: 9781137450463 , 272 Pages

Format: PDF

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Space, Gender, and Memory in Middle English Romance - Architectures of Wonder in Melusine


 

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.




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.