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strong fictional women, feminism, women's liberation


When Jean Bagnyon chose to rewrite Fierabras for his contemporaries at the dawn of the printed book, strong fictional women who participated in their own name in the world, women not limited to domestic, advisory, or intercessory functions, were rare. Their scarcity did not end then. The interest of what follows must lie, at least in part, beyond Bagnyon's text and beyond Floripe herself. The purpose of subjecting the case of Floripe (sister of Fierabras) to close reading is in part to understand how this example of an active woman functions. My scrutiny of this text is also intended to contribute to a more general understanding of the textual means permitting woman to slip past the forces that still her voice, sometimes even in the confines of domesticity.