Medieval Romance and the Construction of Heterosexuality

  • Authors
  • Louise¬†M.¬†Sylvester

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Louise M. Sylvester
    Pages 1-14
  3. Louise M. Sylvester
    Pages 15-41
  4. Louise M. Sylvester
    Pages 43-65
  5. Louise M. Sylvester
    Pages 67-90
  6. Louise M. Sylvester
    Pages 91-127
  7. Louise M. Sylvester
    Pages 129-160
  8. Louise M. Sylvester
    Pages 161-163
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 165-202

About this book


This book interrogates our ideas about heterosexuality through examination of medieval romance narratives. Familiar configurations of romantic fiction such as male desire overwhelming feminine reluctance and the aloof masculine hero undone by love derive from this period. This book tests current theories of language and desire through stylistic analysis, examining transitivity choices and speech acts in sexual encounters and conversations in medieval romances. In the context of current preoccupations with gender and sexuality, and consent in rape cases, this study is of interest to scholars investigating language and sexuality as well as those researching and teaching medieval literature and culture.


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