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Author: Michael Adams

Title: Specular Rape

Subtitle: Reflections on Early Modern Reflections of the Present Day

Journal: The Centennial Review

Volume: 41

Issue: 2

Year: Spring 1997

Pages: 217-250

ISSN: 0162-0177 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 2375-4869 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Medieval History: 14th Century; Modern History: 16th Century, 17th Century, 18th Century | European History: English History | Cases: Offenders / Ulrick Bren; Cases: Victims / Owney Mollan; Representations: Literary Texts / Geoffrey Chaucer, John Milton, Samuel Richardson, William Shakespeare


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Abstract: »Examines the reception of rape charges and the treatment of rape victims in early modern Britain by examining a 1568 court case as well as references to rape in works of Milton, Chaucer, Shakespeare, and other writers. Rape portrayed at a specular distance in literature and theater from 1568 to 1725 influenced social perceptions of rape and the actions taken by rape victims.« (Source: Historical Abstracts)


  Owney Mollan’s Rape, in Triplicate (p. 219)
  Rape, Played and Published (p. 222)
  Specular Rape (p. 238)
  Adventitious Rape (p. 247)
  Notes (p. 248)
  Works Cited (p. 249)

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of England | Literature: English literature | 14th-century English writers: Geoffrey Chaucer / The Legend of Good Women | 16th-century English writers: William Shakespeare / The Rape of Lucrece, Titus Andronicus | 17th-century English writers: John Milton / Comus (John Milton) | 18th-century English writers: Samuel Richardson / Clarissa, Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded