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Author: Michel Aaij

Title: Perverted Love in Chaucer’s "Anelida and Arcite"


Journal: Medieval Perspectives

Volume: 14


Year: 1999

Pages: 13-19

ISSN: 1057-5367 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Medieval History: 14th Century | European History: English History | Cases: Offenders / Theseus; Cases: Victims / Hippolyta; Offenders: Age and Gender / Male Adults; Offenders: Social Status / Noblemen; Representations: Literary Texts / Geoffrey Chaucer; Offenders: Age and Gender / Female Adults; Offenders: Social Status / Noblewomen


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Author: Michel Aaij, Department of English and Philosophy, Auburn University at Montgomery – ResearchGate


– »The author offers criticism of the poem "Anelida and Arcite," by Geoffrey Chaucer which narrates a love affair that is perverted by duality during the Theban War. He examines how Chaucer used the contrasting elements of love and violence in the portrayal of his characters, following his invocation of Mars, the god of war. He stresses the dual nature of the hero Arcite as he rejects the love of Queen Anelida and accuses her of being unfaithful in order to justify his taking on of a new lover, who treated him like a slave.« (Source: EBSCOhost)

– »Argues that if this poem has anything to say about love at all, it is that romantic love, independent of social circumstances, is a fiction. Sexual violence is an overriding theme of the poem.« (Source: International Medieval Bibliography)

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of England / England in the Late Middle Ages | Literature: English literature / Geoffrey Chaucer | Mythology: Greek mythology / Hippolyta, Theseus | Rape in fiction: Anelida and Arcite