Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Department or School/College
Department of English
Elizabeth Hubble, John Hunt
bourgeois, Geoffrey Chaucer, Harry Bailly, heteronormativity, Lybeaus Desconus, masculinity, Middle English, popular romance, queer, sexual identity, Sir Launfal, Tale of Sir Thopas, Thomas Chestre
University of Montana
This thesis examines how the authors, Geoffrey Chaucer and Thomas Chestre, manipulate the construct of late fourteenth-century normative masculinity by parodying the aristocratic ideology that hegemonically prescribed the proper performance of masculine normativity. Both authors structure their respective tales, The Tale of Sir Thopas and Sir Launfal, in the style of contemporary popular romances; the plot of the tales focusing on the male protagonists’ quest for sexual and social identity. Instead of perpetuating the masculine identity of the hegemony, their romances parody the genre by queering the characteristics of the protagonists and the expectations of their audience.
Arno, Cathryn Irene, "The Queer Fantasies of Normative Masculinity in Middle English Popular Romance" (2014). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 4167.
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