Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 8126
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Keen , Catherine M.
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  • Title: Sex and the Medieval City: Viewing the Body Politic from Exile in Early Italian Verse [Keen examines poems by four authors in exile (Dante, Cino da Pistoia, Pietro dei Faitinelli, and Niccolò del Rosso) in which the natal city is depicted as a beautiful woman; sometimes she is to be pitied, but other times she is hateful. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Troubled Vision: Gender, Sexuality, and Sight in Medieval Text and Image.  Edited by Emma Campbell and Robert Mills.  Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.  Pages 155 - 171.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Allegory Body Politic Cities and Towns in Literature Courtly Love Exile Gender in Literature Literature- Verse Personification, Rhetorical Form Politics in Literature Sexuality in Literature Violence in Literature Woman, Image of
  • Geographic Area: Italy
  • Century: 14
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  • Abstract: This chapter considers representations of gender in the work of four Italian poets. Keen argues, in each case, that the use of courtly discourse to describe the realities of political domination trouble the lyric's visual imaginary, figuring the feminine "body politic" as the site of desire but also of shame and violence. [(c) Emma Campbell and Robert Mills. Reprinted with permission of Palgrave Macmillan.]
  • Author's Affiliation: University of Leeds
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  • Year of Publication: 2004.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 1403963436
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