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Ogling Ladies
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Sandra Summers investigates these two major variants of female voyeurism in exemplary didactic and courtly literature by medieval German authors. Setting the motif against the period’s dominant patriarchal ethos and its almost exclusive pattern of male authorship, Summers argues that the maternal gaze was endorsed as a stabilizing influence while the erotic gaze was condemned as a threat to medieval order.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-8
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. viii-9
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 1. “A lady should never look directly at a male visitor”
  2. pp. 11-20
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  1. 2. “Wild glances”
  2. pp. 21-34
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  1. 3. “The woman behind the wall”
  2. pp. 35-46
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  1. 4. “He was as handsome as he could be!”
  2. pp. 47-67
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  1. 5. “The most handsome knight that ever lived”
  2. pp. 68-87
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  1. 6. “Lady, you saw it with your own eyes!”
  2. pp. 88-104
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  1. 7. Knight or Eye Candy?
  2. pp. 105-121
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 122-126
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  1. Appendix: English translations of Heinrich von Melk’s Von des todes gehugde and Der Stricker’s Die eingemauerte Frau
  2. pp. 127-152
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 153-156
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 157-172
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 173-174
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 188-189
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