Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 9677
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Niles , John D.
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  • Title: The Problem of the Ending of "The Wife's Lament" [The author argues that the closing section of the "Wife's Lament" (lines 42-52a) has been misread. It is not a tender lament from a separated lover. Instead it is an angry curse directed at the husband who abandoned her. Niles suggests that modern gender assumptions prevented critics from recognizing the anger, vengeance, and other strong emotions expressed by the female speaker. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Speculum 78, 4 (October 2003): Pages 1107 - 1150.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Curses and Cursing in Literature Literature- Verse Old English Language Revenge in Literature Wife's Lament, Old English Elegy Wives in Literature Women in Literature
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 10
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Wisconsin, Madison
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  • Year of Publication: 2003.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00387134
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