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Rape and Ravishment in the Literature of Medieval England - Corinne Saunders

Rape and Ravishment in the Literature of Medieval England

Hardcover Published: 25th March 2001
ISBN: 9780859916103
Number Of Pages: 352

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This work explores and untangles the theme of rape, and its counterpart ravishment, in Anglo-French cultural tradition between the disintegration of the classical world and the Renaissance. Tracing debate and dialogue across intellectual and literary discourses, Corinne Saunders places Middle English literary portrayals of rape and ravishment in the context of shifting legal, theological and medical attitudes. The treatment of rape and ravishment is considered across a wide range of literary genres: hagiography, where female saints are repeatedly threatened with rape; legendary history, as in the stories of Lucretia and Helen; and romance, where acts of rape and ravishment challenge and shape chivalric order, and romance heroes are conceived through rape. Finally, the ways in which Malory and Chaucer write and rewrite rape and ravishment are examined.Dr CORINNE SAUNDERS is Lecturer in Medieval Studies, Department of English, University of Durham.

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Anencyclopedic review. NOTES AND QUERIES A highly valuable and welcome contribution to this topic. MEDIEVAL REVIEW A rewarding volume. ARTHURIANA Important study. SPECULUM

Introduction The Contemporary and the Contemporaneousp. 1
Secular Law: Rape and Raptusp. 33
The Church: Canon Law, Theology and Popular Teachingp. 76
The Threat of Rape: Saintly Womenp. 120
Legendary History: Lucretia and Helen of Troyp. 152
Middle English Romance: Structures of Possessionp. 187
Malory's Morte Darthur: a Romance Retrospectivep. 234
`A Dede of Men': Chaucer's Narrative of Rapep. 265
Conclusionp. 311
Bibliographyp. 319
Indexp. 337
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ISBN: 9780859916103
ISBN-10: 0859916103
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 25th March 2001
Publisher: BOYDELL & BREWER INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.71

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