New PDF release: Abandoned Women: Rewriting the Classics in Dante, Boccaccio,

By Suzanne C. Hagedorn

ISBN-10: 0472113496

ISBN-13: 9780472113491

Medievalists have lengthy been drawn to the "abandoned woman," a determine traditionally used to ascertain the price of conventional male heroism. relocating past prior stories that have targeted totally on Virgil's Dido, Suzanne Hagedorn makes a speciality of the vernacular works of Dante, Bocaccio, and Chaucer, arguing that revisiting the classical culture of the deserted girl permits one to reassess old epics and myths from a feminine point of view and query assumptions approximately gender roles in medieval literature.
Suzanne Hagedorn is affiliate Professor of English on the university of William and Mary.

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Bakhtin claims this sort of intersection of discourses as the special terri, tory of the novel but acknowledges that in the centuries before the novel existed "we find a rich word of diverse forms that transmit, mimic, and rep, resent from various vantage points another's world, another's speech and language," a phenomenon that he calls heteroglossia or polyglossia. IS Within a Bakhtinian framework, Ovid's heteroglossic Heroides may be understood as pointing out the one,sidedness of traditional epic and tragic views of the heroines he portrays.

She sees the Heroides as illustrating Bakhtin's ideas about novelistic discourse, pointing out that Ovid's playing of various rhetorical styles and stylistic registers against one another destabilizes ideological systems and the con . ventions of the epic in a way that Bakhtin views as characteristic of the novel. 13 The interplay between differ . ent varieties of discourse distinguishes the novel from other genres: The novel can be defined as a diversity of social speech types (some . times even diversity of languages) and a diversity of individual voices, artistically organized.

Like the Latin epistle "Deidamia Achilli" discussed in chapter I, Dante's poem alludes to Ovidian and Statian abandoned women, thereby calling a hero's values into question, though this time the smooth . tongued Ulysses rather than amorous Achilles becomes the target of the poet's ironic gaze. Chapter 3 explains how the story of Ariadne's abandonment hovers in the background of both Boccaccio's Teseida and Chaucer's Knight's Tale. In the Teseida, Boccaccio's concerns about Teseo's past history as a seducer of women intrude upon the margins of the text in the form of the author's own glosses; he suppresses his hero's troublesome past by doctor .

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