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Class and Gender in Early English Literature: Intersections
 0253327342,  9780253327345

Table of contents :
Foreword / Britton J. Harwood and Gillian R. Overing vii
Gender, Sexual Violence, and the Politics of War in the Old English "Judith" / Karma Lochrie 1
"Wonfeax wale": Ideology and Figuration in the Sexual Riddles of the Exeter Book / John W. Tanke 21
Exile and the Semiosis of Gender in Old English Elegies / Helen T. Bennett 43
Class, Gender, Medieval Criticism, and "Piers Plowman" / David Aers 59
Construction of Class, Family, and Gender in Some Middle English Popular Romances / Harriet E. Hudson 76
Building Class and Gender into Chaucer’s "Hous" / Britton J. Harwood 95
Gender and Exchange in "Piers Plowman" / Clare A. Lees 112
"The Pardoner's Tale", the Pervert, and the Price of Order in Chaucer’s World / Allen J. Frantzen 131
Contributors 149
Index 151

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Class and Gender in Early English Literature

Class and Gender in Early English Literature INTERSECTIONS

EDITED BY

Britton J. Harwood AND

Gillian R. Overing

INDIANA UNIVERSITY PRESS Bloomington and Indianapolis

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