Added: June 25, 2004 – Last updated: April 18, 2015


Author: Mark Amsler

Title: Rape and Silence

Subtitle: Ovid's Mythography and Medieval Readers

In: Representing Rape in Medieval and Early Modern Literature

Edited by: Elizabeth Robertson and Christine M. Rose

Place: New York

Publisher: Palgrave

Year: 2001

Pages: 61-96

Series: The New Middle Ages 20

ISBN-10: 0312236484 – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 14th Century, 15th Century | English History, French History | Representations: Literature / Geoffrey Chaucer, Christine de Pizan


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»Although "mythographers allegorized Ovid's rape narratives as stories of cosmological creation or spiritual desire," Christine de Pizan presents Apollo's assault on Daphne (Épîstre d’Otha) as a disfigurement of the female body; in his tale of Philomela (LGW), Chaucer confronts the affective power of reading about sexual violence.« (Source: Chaucer Bibliography Online)

»Analyses Christine de Pizan's and Chaucer's rewriting of the rape of Daphne in Ovid's Metamorphoses.« (Source: International Medieval Bibliography)

Wikipedia: Geoffrey Chaucer: The Legend of Good Women; Christine de Pizan; Ovid: Metamorphoses