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Beyond raptus: Pedagogies and fantasies of sexual violence in late-medieval England

Edwards, Suzanne M. "Beyond raptus: Pedagogies and fantasies of sexual violence in late-medieval England." PhD thesis, The University of Chicago, 2006.

Review

"This dissertation offers a history of sexual violence in late-medieval England by tracking the associative patterns that structure the experience and production of sexual violence in contexts as varied as the legal regulation of marriage and raptus, the erotics of hagiography, the ethicizing work of instructional treatises, and the gendering of political communities and ecstatic experience. In attending to this associative network, this project unsettles the weight of raptus, a medieval legal term that includes rape but also encompasses non-sexual abduction and consensual elopement, as the paradigmatic framework for a historical understanding of sexual violence. . . . Texts considered range from the thirteenth through the fifteenth centuries and include Geoffrey Chaucer's Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale and the Tale of Melibee, Gower's Tale of Florent, Margery Kempe's The Book of Margery Kempe, the anchoritic text Holy Maidenhood, Reginald Pecock's Folewer to the Donet, Richard Rolle's Form of Perfect Living and the Life of St. Elisabeth of Spalbeck." Directed by Mark Miller.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information:Dissertation Abstracts International 67.11A (2007)
Subjects:Sources, Analogues, and Literary Relations
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