Wykked Wyves and the Woes of Marriage

Wykked Wyves and the Woes of Marriage

Number of page: 206
Author: Katharina M. Wilson, Elizabeth M. Makowski
Publisher: SUNY Press
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Category: Biography & Autobiography

The distrust and hatred of matrimony is a recurring theme in Western literature. In this volume, Wilson and Makowski show that in their repeated imagery, continuous themes, and rhetorical devices, misogamous texts closely parallel and reflect economic and demographic shifts, and theological and legal innovation. Analysis of the literature demonstrates a link between the growing secularism and careerism of the late middle ages and the reduction of women’s social status and public options.

About The Author

Katharina M. Wilson is Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia.
Elizabeth M. Makowski is in the Department of History at Columbia University.