By Jill Ross

Figuring the Feminine examines the feminine physique as a method of articulating questions of literary authority and perform in the cultural spheres of the Iberian Peninsula (both Romance and Semitic) in addition to within the better Latinate literary tradition. It demonstrates the centrality in medieval literary tradition of the gendering of rhetorical and hermeneutical acts thinking about the construction of texts and which means, and the significance of the medieval Iberian textual culture during this strategy, a posh multicultural culture that's frequently missed in medieval literary scholarship. This learn adopts an cutting edge method knowledgeable via present theories of the physique and gender to method Hispanic literature from a femininst perspective.

Jill Ross deals new readings of medieval Hispanic texts (Latin, Castilian, and Hebrew) together with Prudentius' Peristephanon, Gonzalo de Berceo's Milagros de Nuestra Señora, Shem Tov of Carrión's Battle among the Pen and the Scissors, and a number of other others. She highlights ways that those texts give a contribution to the certainty of gender in medieval poetics and foreground questions of literary and cultural import. Figuring the Feminine argues that the our bodies of ladies are an important to the figuring out of such questions because the unsettling shift from orality to literacy, textual instability, cultural dissonance, and the resistance to cultural and non secular hegemony.

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