Courtly Love: Who Needs It? Recent Feminist Work in the Medieval French Tradition

  title={Courtly Love: Who Needs It? Recent Feminist Work in the Medieval French Tradition},
  author={E. J. Burns},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  pages={23 - 57}
  • E. J. Burns
  • Published 2001
  • Art
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
eminist readers have often dismissed the concept of courtly love as a 'problematic precursor of the highly misogynistic system of modern, Western romantic love. Staging vexed heterosexual liaisons between aristocratic couples within an idealized public sphere of refined court life in the High Middle Ages, courtly love has most often appeared to focus on men at the expense of women: it is men's feelings that are expressed and men's prowess and social standing that are at stake as men practice… Expand
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