Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Representation of Women's Emotions in Medieval and Early Modern Culture

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Representation of Women's Emotions in Medieval and Early Modern Culture

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The Representation of Women's Emotions in Medieval and Early Modern Culture, ed. Lisa Perfetti (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2005). vii + 222 pp. ISBN 0-8130-2829-9. $65.00. The editors of this volume begin with the traditional association of women with emotionality, to probe the subject of medieval emotion in the context of gender. Essays consider the ways that the assumption of female emotionality may have shaped women's participation in public and private life, and the connection between medieval attitudes towards emotion and cultural factors such as class and ethnicity. Contributors also engage with the issue of how the stereotype of female emotional volatility might influence women's own perceptions of their emotions. Following a general introduction, two essays present theoretical material: E. …

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