Fortune Personified and the Fall (and Rise) of Women in Chaucer's Monk's Tale and the Autobiographical Writings of Christine de Pizan Fortune Personified and the Fall (and Rise) of Women in Chaucer's Monk's Tale and the Autobiographical Writings of Christine de Pizan
While texts that link Fortune and femininity usually do so to censure women, some writers turned the trope to their advantage for just the opposite purpose. Both Chaucer in the “Monk’s Tale” and Christine de Pizan personify Fortune to subtly point out the flaws in antifeminist medieval view of women. This thesis explores the ways in which these writers cleverly took advantage of genre and characterization to use Fortune to defend women and womanhood.
School:Brigham Young University
School Location:USA - Utah
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:chaucer christine de pizan medieval literature feminism antifeminism sermon autobiography women s writing fortune fortuna fourteenth century fifteenth middle ages period
Date of Publication:03/03/2005