The Fifteen Joys of Marriage (American University Studies)

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The Fifteen Joys of Marriage is a new translation of the .XV. Joies de Mariage, the ironic, enigmatic, and ostensibly misogynistic tract written ca. 1400. Like many Old French fabliaux, the Fifteen Joys takes for its subject the reversals, the woes, and the deceptions of the married state. By contrast with the fableors, however, the anonymous author of the Fifteen Joys arranges his domestic scenes in series, thus parodying a well known devotional work while incanting his litany of despair. The present work revives in medieval context a classic long out of print in English translation. For the text the translator adopts the burgeoning, colloquial manner of the original French, providing commentary in his Notes. The Introduction discusses the structure and principal themes of the Joys while surveying recent studies of the text. The Bibliography marks a starting point for further study.

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