The Genre of Medieval Patience Literature: Development, Duplication, and Gender (BOK)
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In the newly-identified genre of medieval patience literature, female protagonists move to the center of the action-an unusual advance for medieval literature. In addition, the patience genre shifts from one mainly concerned with mimicry to one mainly concerned with reduplication, so that fresh interpretations of early medieval works can arise and exciting revisions to genre-theory can develop, often from a surprisingly feminist point of view. As a result, this book helps to redress popular notions of the Middle Ages as a time when women had 'no rights' and 'no voices' and were treated as mere sex objects and as the property of men.