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By Suzanne C. Hagedorn

ISBN-10: 0472113496

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Medievalists have lengthy been drawn to the "abandoned woman," a determine traditionally used to ascertain the worth of conventional male heroism. relocating past past reviews that have targeted totally on Virgil's Dido, Suzanne Hagedorn specializes in the vernacular works of Dante, Bocaccio, and Chaucer, arguing that revisiting the classical culture of the deserted lady allows one to re-evaluate historic epics and myths from a feminine viewpoint and query assumptions approximately gender roles in medieval literature.
Suzanne Hagedorn is affiliate Professor of English on the university of William and Mary.

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In his dialogue on various classical authors, the German monk makes it clear that he generally finds the study 37. Rosa, "Su alcuni commenti inediti," 2I6. 38. Chapter 4 discusses a similar conflict between a moralizing schema and the affective pull of individual women's laments staged in Boccaccio's Elegia di Madonna Fiammetta and Amorosa Visione. 39. Rosa "Su alcuni commenti inediti," 216, quoting Ms. Parisinus 5I37. 40. D. " D. E. H. Alton, "Ovid in the Medieval Schoolroom," Hermathena 95 (I96I): 70-7 I , publishes a thir, teenth,century accessus to the Heroides that cites both Phyllis and Oenone as examples of stultus amor.

43 Such statistics do not nee . essarily mean much taken all by themselves, but they underscore the point that throughout Europe in the Middle Ages, Ovid's works in general (and the Heroides in particular) were available to be read and studied, and in fact functioned as a sort of McGuffey's Reader of medieval Europe. In medieval schools, students were encouraged to write stylistic imitations of the classical authors. Such school exercises in turn led to more creative redeployments of Ovidian ideas, as medieval Latin poets-especially those in the "Goliardic" tradition-used Ovid's poetry as a model for their own amatory verse.

Rosa, "Su alcuni commenti inediti," 2I6. 38. Chapter 4 discusses a similar conflict between a moralizing schema and the affective pull of individual women's laments staged in Boccaccio's Elegia di Madonna Fiammetta and Amorosa Visione. 39. Rosa "Su alcuni commenti inediti," 216, quoting Ms. Parisinus 5I37. 40. D. " D. E. H. Alton, "Ovid in the Medieval Schoolroom," Hermathena 95 (I96I): 70-7 I , publishes a thir, teenth,century accessus to the Heroides that cites both Phyllis and Oenone as examples of stultus amor.

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