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Fabulous Women, Fables of Patronage Metham's <i>Amoryus and Cleopes</i> and BL MS Additional 10304

Kara Doyle

in Medieval Poetics and Social Practice

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780823243242
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823243280 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823243242.003.0008

Series: Fordham Series in Medieval Studies (FUP)

Fabulous Women, Fables of Patronage Metham's Amoryus and Cleopes and BL MS Additional 10304

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Kara Doyle focuses on medieval women as literary patrons; as she points out, “in the Middle Ages, the relationship between poetry and social practice is often negotiated through the mechanisms of patronage.” Doyle's essay, “Commemorating Patrons, Memorializing Women: Metham's Amoryus and Cleopes and BL MS Additional 10304,” argues that in the century after Chaucer's death, the increased presence of female patrons reconfigured the relationship between poetry and social behavior. Traditionally, poets like Chaucer and Boccaccio dictated prescriptions for female behavior. In the fifteenth century, by contrast, women's behavioral practices themselves could “shape poetry before and as it [was] being written.” The works of John Metham and the anonymous Middle English translator of part of Boccaccio's De Mulieribus Claris, Doyle demonstrates, reflect their female patrons' and audiences' power to revise the meaning of classical feminine ideals.

Keywords: John Metham; Amoryus and Cleopes; Giovanni Boccaccio; De mulieribus claris; Women; Gender; Patron; Patronage; Manuscripts; Poetics; medieval

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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