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Anglo-American literature and women's freedom

Men who treat women with courtesy, and women who like the men who do, will be intrigued to read Elizabeth Kantor's views in her new book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature. She suggests that a man's courtesy toward women started out as a notion in courtly love. In England, the idea was developed in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and other English texts, and began flowing into ordinary marriages, altering relations between the sexes in a way that was liberating for women. In short, Kantor sees Anglo-American literature as a transforming power that nurtured the freedom and dignity of women in the West.

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