Augspach, Elizabeth A.
Dr. Elizabeth Augspach was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She completed her M.A. in English at St. John’s University in Queens, New York, and then her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with a specialization in Medieval Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has taught courses in English, Comparative Literature, and Spanish at CUNY colleges and private universities in the New York area.2004 0-7734-6210-4
The purpose of this study is to examine a few literary gardens of romance from the close of the 12th to the first half of the 13th century in light of the development of the figure of the enclosed garden as a female space that is not owned by a man, but rather by the woman who inhabits it. In this scenario the woman is consistently seen as other, while the narrative directs the reader’s attention to the point of view of the man who is confronted with this inverted state of affairs. This unnatural situation sets up a power play between the genders that will be resolved only once the woman and her garden are brought to heel. The exception to this rule is the Virgin Mary, whose wonderful garden possesses no unnaturalness or witchcraft, for its exceptional qualities are a manifestation of the Virgin’s perfection.