Three Medieval Views of Women: “La Contenance des Fames,” “Le Bien des Fames,” “Le Blasme des Fames”

書刊名 TitleThree Medieval Views of Women: “La Contenance des Fames,” “Le Bien des Fames,” “Le Blasme des Fames”
作者 AuthorFiero, Gloria K. Fiero, Wendy Pfeffer, and Mathé Allain, eds.
出版社 PublisherYale UP
出版年 Year1989
語言 LanguageFrench and English
(10 / 13)
ISBN-10: 2857890826
ISBN-13: 978-0300044423
Bibliography Reference (STC, Duff, GW . . .)
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評論者 Reviewer郭如蘋
撰寫日期 DateDec. 29, 2016

Ø 書評 Review (中英文不限 Chinese or English) 


                         [Original description]
This bilingual edition of three lively and amusing French poems dating from the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries contains two poems that assail the vices of women and a third that lists women's virtues. The verses, translated here into English for the first time, provide significant insights into the role of women in the Middle Ages as well as into medieval social history and the history of misogyny.

The pairing of one pro-female poem and two anti-female ones deliberately mirrors the medieval polemic concerning women and the misogynic tradition that had prevailed since antiquity. The essay by Gloria Fiero explores this tradition, in the course of describing the manners, morals, domestic arrangements, occupations, and dress of feudal society. Wendy Pfeffer discusses the language and genre of the poems and provides an account of the existing manuscripts of the texts and their variants. The poems, presented with French and English texts on facing pages, are fully annotated and accompanied by extensive explanatory materials. Fourteen illustrations drawn from contemporary medieval sources complement the topics treated. Included also are a selected reading list and bibliography.

Gloria K. Fiero was born and raised in New York City. She earned her Masters degree in Art History at the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Humanities at the Florida State University. She has taught Humanities, World History, and Art History for more than twenty-five years. She has written and lectured extensively on medieval and renaissance topics and on the arts of both East and West as they reflect the human condition. She currently divides her time between New Orleans, Louisiana, and New York City.

Wendy Pfeffer holds a PhD in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto. She is professor of French, recognized by the French government as an officer in France’s Order of Arts and Letters. Prior to coming to UofL, she held a Killam Fellowship at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has also been the recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship, for work conducted in Toulouse, France.
Her most recent research relates to food in Renaissance France; she is also working on a new edition and translation of the Occitan verse romance, Blandin of Cornwall, Blandin de Cornualha.
She has taught graduate seminars on contemporary French culture and on medieval literature; at the undergraduate level, she teaches French composition and other courses in the major.

Mathé Allain, Ph.D., University Southwestern Louisiana, 1984, French language educator, recipient of the McGinty lifetime meritorious award Louisiana History Association, 1997.

La Contenance des fames
Le Bien des fames
Le Blasme des fames