Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 2405
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Kraman , Cynthia.
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  • Title: Communities of Otherness in Chaucer's "Merchant's Tale" [suggests that the female body, the Jewish text of the "Song of Songs," and the enclosed garden are all marginal elements that take on central importance at January's expense].
  • Source: Medieval Women in Their Communities.  Edited by Diane Watt.  University of Toronto Press, 1997.  Pages 138 - 154.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Bible Exegesis- Song of Songs Body Chaucer, Geoffrey, Poet- Canterbury Tales- Merchant's Tale Jews in Literature Sexuality in Literature
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 14
  • Related Resources: "Cynthia Kraman's "Communities of Otherness in Chaucer's 'Merchant's Tale'" argues that dominant cultures appropriate communities of the maginalized or "communities of otherness." In particular, she is interested in how Chaucer's "Merchant Tale" relies on paradoxes presented by concepts and marginal communities such as "the body of woman, the sexual body, landscape, and Jewish text" for some of its meaning and structure. (p. 138)" From the review written by Katherine L. French of "Medieval Women in Their Communities," "Medieval Review" (TMR ID: 96.12.11). [Reproduced by permission of the "Medieval Review."].
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  • Author's Affiliation: College of New Rochelle
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  • Year of Publication: 1997.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0802042899
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