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  • Record Number: 2572
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Galloway , Andrew.
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  • Title: Marriage Sermons, Polemical Sermons, and “The Wife of Bath’s Prologue”: A Generic Excursus [Instead of reading “The Wife of Bath’s Prologue” against an antifeminist literary tradition, the author reads the work against medieval sermons on marriage. In the fourteenth century, these sermons were both for and against women, and in this poem the Wife of Bath assumes the authoritative stance of a preacher on marriage. The author sees parallels between the “Prologue” and the marriage sermons of Jacob of Voragine. Moreover, the poem’s focus on women’s speech and power refers to fourteenth century struggles over who had the authority to preach. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Studies in the Age of Chaucer 14, ( 1992): Pages 3 - 30.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Chaucer, Geoffrey, Poet- Canterbury Tales- Wife of Bath's Prologue Jacob of Voragine, Archbishop of Genoa Literature- Verse Marriage Preaching in Literature Sermons Women in Literature
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  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 14
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  • Author's Affiliation: Cornell University
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  • Year of Publication: 1992.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 01902407