Representing Rape in Medieval and Early Modern Literature

  • Editors
  • Elizabeth Robertson
  • Christine M. Rose

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Elizabeth Robertson, Christine M. Rose
      Pages 1-17
  3. Reading and Teaching Rape

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Christine M. Rose
      Pages 21-60
  4. The Philomel Legacy

  5. Law, Consent, Subjectivity

  6. Reading Rape: The Canonical Artist, the Feminist Reader, and Male Poetics

  7. Afterword

    1. Christopher Cannon
      Pages 411-416
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 417-453

About this book


In thirteen studies of representations of rape in Medieval and Early Modern literature by such authors as Chaucer, Shakespeare and Spenser, this volume argues that some form of sexual violence against women serves as a foundation of Western culture. The volume has two purposes: first, to explore the resistance these pervasive representations generate and have generated for readers - especially for the female reader- and second, to explore what these representations tell us about social formations governing the relationships between men and women. More particularly, Rose and Robertson are interested in how representations of rape manifest a given culture's understanding of the female subject in society.


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