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EN 1006 Lecture Notes - Chrétien De Troyes, Antifeminism, Johannes Gutenberg

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EN 1006
Alison Halsall

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English 1100 B Thurs, Sept 25,
Wife of Bath’s Digressions
- Rant about friars
- Digression about Midas’ ass; ears
oServes to emphasize that women cannot keep secrets
oShould remind you of antifeminist propoganda
oWoB retells it from a woman’s perspective and puts women
at centre of action
oWomen want sovereignty the most – control over their
husband and love
“maistrye” control
- Hag’s speech on gentillese (virtuous living)
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
- Manuscript housed in British Library, London
- Small book, less than five inches by seven
oContains four poems, copied out by someone (not the
poem) around 1400 predates 1400 as an oral text
- First saw print in 1839 (over 400 years after it was copied by
Importance of Sir Gawain as a Text
- Technical innovation: “bob and wheel” (sections that appear at
the ends of each verse paragraph)
oEmployed to call attention to important idea
- Medieval forms of book production
oSir Gawain originated as oral poem, but was written down
by a scribe in 1400
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