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Center for Medieval Studies Presents

"Begging the Question: Fiction and the Querelles des Femmes"

3/2/17, 4:00 PM

About this event

Join us for a lecture by Emily Francomano (Spanish & POrtuguese, Georgetown University) at 4:00 pm in Heller 1210. The lecture is titled "Begging the Question: Fiction and the Querelles des Femmes." 

In medieval and Early Modern literature, the “woman question” was rhetorical, an occasion to air the old chestnuts of gynophobic and gynophilic perorations such as “What is woman? Man's confusion,” and “What is woman? Man’s delight.” Such contrary foregone conclusions to the question, not surprisingly, depended upon the speaker or poet’s imagined audiences and were monovocal, admitting a single answer to the question of the nature of Woman. Nevertheless, when the question is posed in vernacular fictions addressed to mixed audiences, the answer is up for grabs, or at least appears to be so, when polemics turn into dialogues. In this talk, part of a larger project in progress, I reassess the woman question in The Triumph of Ladies, The Prison of Love, and Grisel y Mirabella, three Spanish sentimental fictions that all played important roles in the pan-European debate on women in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries

Emily C. Francomano is associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She is also a core faculty member of the Comparative Literature and Medieval Studies Programs. Her scholarly interests revolve around the intersections of medieval and Early Modern literature, translation, gender studies, manuscript culture, and book history. Her forthcoming book, The Prison of Love: Romance, Translation, and the Book in the Sixteenth Century (University of Toronto Press, 2017) explores how the Spanish romance Cárcel de amor blossomed into a transnational and multilingual phenomenon that captivated audiences throughout Europe at a time when literacy was expanding and print production was changing the nature of reading, writing, and of literature itself.
Event Location
  • 1210 Heller Hall
  • 271 19th Ave S
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA