Bodytalk

In Bodytalk, E. Jane Burns contends that female protagonists in medieval texts authored by men can be heard to talk back against the stereotyped and codified roles that their fictive anatomy is designed to convey.

Bodytalk
When Women Speak in Old French Literature

E. Jane Burns

1993 | 304 pages | Cloth $49.95 | Paper $24.95
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Listening to Bodies Talk

PART I. KNOWING WOMEN
Chapter One: A Close Look at Female Orifices in Farce and Fabliau
—Head or Ass? Refocusing the Penis-Eye
—Lips or Labia? How Headless Women Speak
Chapter Two: A Taste of Knowledge: Genesis and Generation in the Jeu d'Adam
—Mind Over Matter: Why Women Should Be Silent
—Matter Before Mind: How Women Come First

PART II. DESIRING LADIES
Chapter Three: Beauty in the Blindspot: Philomena's Talking Hands
Chapter Four: Rewriting Men's Stories: Enide's Disruptive Mouths
Chapter Five: Why Beauty Laughs