The Prostitute Figure in Medieval English and French Literature

Author / Editor
Abelson-Hoek, Michelle Christine.

Title
The Prostitute Figure in Medieval English and French Literature

Published
Dissertation Abstracts International 60: 4418A, 1999.

Description
Studies the medieval whore figure as rebel, outlaw, and heretic through historical and sociological analysis of the Norman Latin poem "Jezebel." Chaucer and Langland consider the whore evil but also emblematic of this world's carnal pleasures. Christine de Pizan and Franc╠žois Villon treat her as a social outsider with whom they sometimes identify.

Chaucer Subjects
Background and General Criticism.