Hiram College

Instructor of English Paul Gaffney recently had his book article, “Controlling the Loathly Lady, or What Really Frees Dame Ragnelle,” in The English Loathly Lady Tales: Boundaries, Traditions, Motifs, edited by Elizabeth Passmore and Susan Carter.

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Other contributors include:
“Through the Counsel of a Lady: The Irish and English Loathly Lady Tales and the “Mirrors for Princes” Genre” – S. Elizabeth Passmore

“The Politics of Strengthe and Vois in Gower’s Loathly Lady Tale” – R. F. Yeager

“Sovereignty through the Lady: ‘The Wife of Bath’s Tale’ and the Queenship of Anne of Bohemia” – Elizabeth M. Biebel-Stanley

“A Hymenation of Hags” – Susan Carter

“Folklore and Powerful Women in Gower’s ‘Tale of Florent'” – Russell A. Peck

“Controlling the Loathly Lady, or What Really Frees Dame Ragnelle” – Paul Gaffney

“‘The Marriage of Sir Gawain’: Piecing the Fragments Together” – Stephanie Hollis

“A Jungian Approach to the Ballad ‘King Henry'” – Mary Edwards Shaner

“Repainting the Lion: ‘The Wife of Bath’s Tale’ and a Traditional British Ballad” – Lynn M. Wollstadt

“Why Dame Ragnell Had to Die: Feminine Usurpation of Male Authority in ‘The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell'” – Mary Leech

“Brains or Beauty: Limited Sovereignty in the Loathly Lady Tales ‘The Wife of Bath’s Tale,’
‘Thomas of Erceldoune,’ and ‘The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle’ – Ellen M. Caldwell