292 Reviews On the other hand, the book is woefully short of reference to more current textual scholarship and cultural theory that might have edged position taking into argument. The main problem with Vines's position taking apart from becoming tedious is that it generally converts analysis into a rhetorical exchange by which the position underwrites a reading of the text, while the text offers itself as representative of many, demonstrating the validity of the position. Women's Power in Late Medieval Romance has an interesting point to make about the kind of authority women may exercise in romances, although its field is narrower than Vines allows; no doubt, furthermore, women's business in these texts mattered to readers, even if that scarcely warrants calling the texts didactic, as Vines does. Still, the claim is interesting and the analyses making up the bulk of her discussion are often astute and informative. I had all sorts of quarrels with the readings of Amoryus and Cleopes and Partenope of Blois, for instance, but these long romances seldom get read with anything like Vines's attentiveness. In her acknowledgments, Vines speaks of her debt to Elizabeth Johnson Bryan, not least for `her constant
Parergon – Australian & New Zealand Association of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Inc. (ANAZAMEMS, Inc.)
Published: Sep 13, 2013
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