Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 6649
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Badel , Pierre-Yves.
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  • Title: Masculin, féminin dans le lai de "Guingamor"
  • Source: Cahiers de Civilization Médiévale 38, 2 (Avril-Juin 1995): Pages 103 - 114.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Femininity Guingamor, Old French Lai Lais, Literary Genre Literature- Verse Man Woman Relationships Masculinity Supernatural Women in Literature
  • Geographic Area: France
  • Century: 12
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  • Abstract: Diverse though they are, narrative lays raise the issue of the relationship between man and woman. The anonymous lay of "Guingamor" just as much as any other. So as to base historically an actual understanding of the story, narrative motifs in this text and in closely related texts have been compared to show that the lay is structured by the oppositions between places, time-schemes, games and amusements, and moral values. These can be related to the opposition between the sexes. In that light, the terror caused by Guingamor's unquestionably uncanny adventure demonstrates the anxiety which woman's desire arouses in man. [Reproduced by permission of the Centre d'Études Superiéures de Civilisation Médiévale.]
  • Author's Affiliation: Université Paris VIII
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  • Year of Publication: 1995.
  • Language: French
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00079731
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