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Rape, Consent, and Ecofeminist Narratology in the Komnenian Novels

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Abstract

This chapter examines the implicit and explicit threats of sexual violence that problematize issues of sexual consent between lovers in three twelfth-century Komnenian novels: Theodore Prodromos’ Rhodanthe and Dosikles, Eustathios Makrembolites’ Hysmine and Hysminias, and Niketas Eugenianos’ Drosilla and Charikles. The application of an ecofeminist narratology can demonstrate the ways in which the aesthetics and rhetorical practices of romance prioritize male voices and experiences while simultaneously silencing those of women, non-human animals, plants, and the other marginalized objects of male violence. By contrast, Christine de Pizan’s Old French anti-romance The Tale of the Shepherdess reveals the often terrifying and violent romantic encounters from the perspective of a woman, thus demonstrating how standpoint criticism can reveal patriarchal ideologies from perspectives of alterity.

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Rhodantha Prodromos Shepherdess Gardengarden oakOak 
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  1. 1.North Dakota State UniversityFargoUSA

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