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Performing Women in the Middle Ages

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Unruly women constantly speak out in lyric poetry, their voices brought to life in the bodies of female singers, dancers, and instrumentalists. Performing Women is the first book-length study of female performers in Galician-Portuguese and Castilian comic-satiric poetry. Filios reconstructs medieval women's oral performances by bringing modern ethnographic work and performance theory to bear on literary and historical evidence. Filios explores how women's performances (and men's impersonations of women) contributed to the construction of the court, the marketplace, and the countryside as cultural spaces defined by certain acts, discourses, and conflicts. She argues that poetic portraits of sexually aggressive courtesans, bread sellers, and mountain women allowed elite men to portray their own sexuality as transgressive and to adopt temporarily a female identity, enabling them to speak and act as a degraded other. While these portraits may be misogynistic, they also demonstrate that poets appreciated marginalized women's characters, placing speeches overtly critical of dominant power structures in their mouths and constructing imaginary communities around them. Men wrote these characters, women appropriated them, ironically performing as themselves. By situating medieval lyric poems in their dialogic performance context, this study demonstrates the centrality female performers in poetic spectacles.

"This book is a magisterial synthesis and a major step forward for work on lyric poetry in Iberia and across medieval Europe...A wonderfully fresh and bracing contribution to medieval studies."-George D. Greenia, College of William and Mary, editor of La corónica

"Performing Women provides a bold, new contribution to our appreciation of Medieval Spanish lyric poetry. Drawing on models of gender and performance theory, Denise Filios explores a wide variety of ways in which women are figured in comic-obscene and comic-erotic texts. This is an important study that both illuminates individual texts and reconstructs for the modern reader a wealth of cultural contexts that are essential to our understanding of this influential poetic form." - Marina Brownlee, Princeton University

"I will certainly place the book on my department's graduate reading list and suggest that students read it with close attention. All in all it is a strong, ambitious first book that opens up new approaches to understanding the way the medieval lyric functioned and was constructed in society." - E. Michael Gerli, University of Virginia

DENISE FILIOS is Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa, USA.

Introduction: Female Voices in the Medieval Lyric Women, Performance, and Medieval Iberian Poetry Performance Spaces: Court, Marketplace, and Mountain Range Soldaderas' Deviant Performances and Poets' Counter-Poses: Courtly Play in the Cantigas de Escarnio e de Mal Dizer Panaderas as Marketplace Orators: Selling Sex, Negotiating Value, and Evaluating Men Monstrosity in the Mountains, Courtesy at Court: Contest Space in the Serranilla Performing Gender and Class in Medieval Iberia List of Works Cited

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Titre: Performing Women in the Middle Ages
Code EAN: 9781403967305
ISBN: 978-1-4039-6730-5
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Springer Palgrave Macmillan
Genre: Histoire
nombre de pages: 262
Poids: 463g
Taille: H234mm x B234mm x T156mm
Année: 2005
Auflage: 2005

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