The Mother's Mark: Representations of Maternal Influence in Middle English Popular Romance

The Mother's Mark: Representations of Maternal Influence in Middle English Popular Romance

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Modern scholarly discussions of medieval maternity tend to avoid the maternal body itself, identifying motherhood as a series of practices or identifying maternal images and metaphors as they were used by non-reproductive figures to describe their identities in other contexts. This project seeks to shift the register of an emerging conversation about medieval maternity to a more complicated level, one which acknowledges and references the complex and ambivalent social contexts in which maternal bodies and their influence were read and interpreted in the late Middle Ages. From the Octavian-poet, who acknowledges and refutes claims that the maternal body is a source of pollution, to the Melusine-poet's examination of the repercussions of recognizing and acknowledging maternal influence, late medieval poets approached the maternal body with profound ambivalence and an awareness of the social and religious stakes involved in representing that body and its significance to the community.In the introduction to their essay collection focusing on a€œMedieval Motheringa€ John Carmi Parsons and Bonnie Wheeler note that the essays in their collection a€œ combine to lay emphasis on nurturant behavior rather than strict sexualanbsp;...


Title:The Mother's Mark: Representations of Maternal Influence in Middle English Popular Romance
Author: Angela L. Florschuetz
Publisher:ProQuest - 2007
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