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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Preserving female agency in Marie de France's Lanval and Le Fresne, and the reestablishment of patriarchy in Sir Launfal and Lai le Freine
by Yessaian, Alin, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 97; 10065200
Abstract (Summary)

In Lanval and Le Fresne, Marie de France allots women agency within designated private spaces. By doing so, she draws attention to female oppression within the public space of the male-dominated court and undermines the patriarchal social structure of the courtly system. This thesis will explore how the Middle English adaptations, Sir Launfal and Lay le Freine, replace female autonomy exhibited in Marie’s works with patriarchal control.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mitchell-Smith, Ilan
Commitee: McLoone, Katherine, Smurthwaite, Lori
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: English
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Medieval literature, British and Irish literature
Keywords: Lanval, Lay le freine, Le fresne, Marie de france, Sir launfal, Thomas chestre
Publication Number: 10065200
ISBN: 978-1-339-57842-2
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