Abandoned Women: Rewriting the Classics in Dante, Boccaccio, and Chaucer
by Suzanne C. Hagedorn
University of Michigan Press, 2003
Cloth: 978-0-472-11349-1
Library of Congress Classification PN682.W6H34 2003
Dewey Decimal Classification 809.93352042

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Medievalists have long been interested in the "abandoned woman," a figure historically used to examine the value of traditional male heroism. Moving beyond previous studies which have focused primarily on Virgil's Dido, Suzanne Hagedorn focuses on the vernacular works of Dante, Bocaccio, and Chaucer, arguing that revisiting the classical tradition of the abandoned woman enables one to reconsider ancient epics and myths from a female perspective and question assumptions about gender roles in medieval literature.

 
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