23 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2011 Last revised: 12 May 2011
Date Written: November 23, 2005
This paper reviews the place of women in Beowulf, selected tales from Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. These works contain female characters with important roles. Often, the presence of women at first glance, may have not have appeared to be the most significant characters, in these works, nevertheless they can tell us much in how women are regarded by the authors of these works and their context within society during the time.
Keywords: Holy Mother, Mary, Virgin Mary, Gender, Women's Roles, Historical Roles of Women, Female Role Models, Gender Identity in Literature, Anglo-American Female Roles, Female Comparisons to Mary, Beowulf, Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale, The Canterbury Tales, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Wahab Twibell, Ty Shawn, Reflections of the Holy Mother: The Place of Women in Beowulf, the Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (November 23, 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1806367 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1806367