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Rape and Ravishment in the Literature of Medieval England

Rape and Ravishment in the Literature of Medieval England

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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.

Author: Corinne Saunders
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
Published: 02/22/2001
Pages: 352
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.56lbs
Size: 9.60h x 6.30w x 1.31d
ISBN: 9780859916103

About the Author
Saunders, Corinne: - Corinne Saunders is Professor of Medieval Literature at the Department of English Studies, University of Durham.

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