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A merchant's wife on knight's adventure : permutations of a medieval tale in German, Dutch and English chapbooks around 1500

Author: Myra J Heerspink Scholz
Publisher: New York : P. Lang, 1999.
Series: German life and civilization, v. 17.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Popular among readers of early printed fiction was the story of a merchant's wife who transformed the misfortune of exile into an opportunity for adventure. Using Boccaccio's rendering as a backdrop, this study of four chapbook versions uncovers links between the themes of the story - fortune, merchant ethics, and women's roles - and the concerns of early modern city dwellers. The author also focuses on the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Myra J Heerspink Scholz
ISBN: 0820425737 9780820425733
OCLC Number: 30594237
Notes: Originally presented as the author's thesis (doctoral)--Indiana University, 1993.
Description: x, 266 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. I. The Boccaccian Tale: Second Day, Ninth Story --
pt. II. The German Versions. The High German Chapbook: Eine liepliche histori vnd warheit von vir kaufmendern (ca. 1490). Arigo's Decameron: A Contrastive Interlude. The Low German Chapbook: Eyne schone historie van twen kopluden vnde eyner thuchtigen framen frauwen (ca. 1493) --
pt. III. The Netherlandic Version: Van heer frederick van Jenuen in Lombaerdien (ca. 1518, 1531) --
pt. IV. The English Version: Frederyke of Jennen (1518).
Series Title: German life and civilization, v. 17.
Responsibility: Myra J. Heerspink Scholz.

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"Popular among readers of early printed fiction was the story of a merchant's wife who transformed the misfortune of exile into an opportunity for adventure. Using Boccaccio's rendering as a backdrop, this study of four chapbook versions uncovers links between the themes of the story - fortune, merchant ethics, and women's roles - and the concerns of early modern city dwellers. The author also focuses on the experimental quality of narrative prose in the early printing years."--Jacket.

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