Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 2786
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Rasmussen , Ann Marie.
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  • Title: Gendered Knowledge and Eavesdropping in the Late-Medieval "Minnerede" [The author argues for a poetics of gender in the "Minnerede" with an eavesdropping male narrator and a female speaker whose concerns about love are voiced in secret. The "Minnereden" narratives take place in two different milieu, the city and the court. The appendix inventories twenty-five "Minnereden" and seven "maeren" that feature an eavesdropping motif. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Speculum 77, 4 (October 2002): Pages 1168 - 1194.
  • Description:
  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Eavesdropping in Literature Gender in Literature Literature- Verse Love in Literature Masculinity in Literature Minnerede, Literary Genre Narrator Secrecy in Literature Women in Literature
  • Geographic Area: Germany
  • Century: 15
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  • Illustrations: Two figures. Figure One The eavesdropping narrator hides in the bushes while two women, one wearing a scarf and the other a garland, converse. It is the first of three illustrations for the "Minnerede" "Der Liebe Freude und Leid" presenting the women in full figure but showing just the male narrator's head to indicate eavesdropping (Heidelberg, Universit├Ątsbibliothek, MS cpg 344, fol. 49v). Figure Two Two women stand together in conversation while the male eavesdropper is represented only by his head. From "Der Liebe Freude und Leid" (Heidelberg, Universit├Ątsbibliothek, MS cpg 344, fol. 52r). The illustrator's differentiation of the women suggests that the woman with a wimple is married and the other with a garland is not yet married. This interpretation is not made explicit in the text.
  • Table: One table. The transmission of "Minnereden" featuring a male eavesdropper in relation to all "Minnereden." Those with a male eavesdropper are among the most popular, i.e. appearing in the largest number of surviving manuscripts.
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  • Author's Affiliation: Duke University
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  • Year of Publication: 2002.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00387134
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