Abstract

This article reads the Legend of Good Women alongside two late-fourteenth-century conduct texts for women, the Livre du Chevalier de La Tour Landry and the Ménagier de Paris. It argues that the dysphoric emotional states felt by the Legend’s women not only make erotic love illegible as an ennobling emotional experience, but also embody disturbing states of obstructed agency that threaten to undo established affective relations between the aesthetics of love and the social. In contrast, contemporary conduct texts for women construct emotion in ideologically satisfying ways by writing women good in their roles as wives and household managers, thereby providing a clearly legible alternative to fin’ amor and its definitions of noble subjectivity.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1528-4204
Print ISSN
0009-2002
Pages
pp. 66-84
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-09
Open Access
No
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