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Ogling Ladies: Scopophilia in Medieval German Literature

Sandra Lindemann Summers


The book Ogling Ladies examines gazing female characters in a selection of medieval texts. While female scopophilia is harshly condemned in conduct literature and religious texts, female ogling is a common motif in medieval art and literature. Are artists and writers chronicling a widespread behavioral practice, or are they inventing it? The book looks at how female scopophilia functions in the medieval narrative and what effect it has on the ogling lady and her world. The theoretical framework of this project relies on psychoanalytic theory, in particular the work of the object-relations theo ... More

Keywords: gender identity, scopophilia, Medieval literature, female gaze, Eneasroman, Parzival, Erec, Iwein

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780813044187
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813044187.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sandra Lindemann Summers, author