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Anita Obermeier

Anita Obermeier is a Professor in the Department of English at the University of New Mexico, where she serves as Department Chair. She has served as the Director of the UNM Feminist Research Institute, President of the Consortium for Teaching Medieval Studies (TEAMS), and President of the Medieval Association of the Pacific (MAP).

Romance and Rhetoric: Studies in Honour of Dhiera B. Mahony (disputatio)

ed. with Georgina Donavin

Romance and Rhetoric, ed. Georgina Donavin and Anita Obermeier

This volume honours the academic career of Professor Dhira B. Mahoney, recently retired from the Department of English at Arizona State University, who is well known for her rhetorical readings of medieval literature. Professor Mahoney's scholarship employs rhetorical theory in readings of late medieval literature, particularly prologues and epilogues, women's writings, and Arthuriana.

As a response to her work, Romance and Rhetoric offers rhetorical readings of a variety of literary pieces from the late Middle Ages, especially for those authors and genres on which Professor Mahoney has published. Its collected essays provide interdisciplinary studies of art, social and literary history, manuscript transmission, and women's studies in relation to texts in Middle English, Latin, German, and French. In particular, the essays in this volume focus on the writings of courtly authors such as Chaucer, Lydgate, Malory, Guillaume de Machaut, Christine de Pizan, Chretien de Troyes, and others. In keeping with the ancient tradition of analysing rhetorical principles in the structure of an art work, they also examine the rhetoric of the manuscript art connected to these authors and the genres in which they wrote. This volume thus fills a gap in medieval literary scholarship, as it evaluates with scrutiny how rhetorical teachings or medieval poetic strategies inform the writing of romances.

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