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Title:Wikked Wyves and Blythe Bachelers: Secular Misogamy From Juvenal to Chaucer
Author(s):Wilson, Katharina Margit
Department / Program:Comparative and World Literature
Discipline:Comparative and World Literature
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Literature, Comparative
Abstract:The purpose of this work is the historical, analytic and comparative investigation of the canon of ancient and medieval works of secular misogamy. Secular misogamy is discussed in apposition to monastic and sacerdotal exhortations to celibacy, and it is studied as a separate and distinct topos in Western literature. The topos is divided into three branches: the general (addressed to Everyman), the ascetic (addressed to exemplary Christians), and the philosophic (addressed to the scholar). Representative works of the different branches are investigated within the ideological context of their genesis and within the generic and philological traditions of their respective groups.
The findings of the research show that celibate tracts are not restricted to monastic and sacerdotal audiences but rather, to a much wider audience comprising all of the estates. Moreover, works of secular misogamy are not restricted to Latin as their linguistic medium but occur in the vernacular as well.
The three branches of misogamy show a remarkable cohesiveness regarding their choice of topoi, tone, language, and mode of expression.
Issue Date:1980
Description:293 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1980.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8108705
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-14
Date Deposited:1980

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