Added: October 25, 2000 – Last updated: August 1, 2015


Author: Pamela E. Barnett

Title: "And shortly for to seyn they were aton"

Subtitle: Chaucer's Deflection of Rape in the "Reeve's" and "Franklin's Tales"

Journal: Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Volume: 22

Issue: 2

Year: 1993 (Published online: July 12, 2010)

Pages: 145-162

ISSN: 0049-7878 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1547-7045 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 14th Century | English History | Representations: Literature / Geoffrey Chaucer


Link: EBSCOhost (Restricted Access)

Link: Taylor & Francis Online (Restricted Access)


Author: Pamela E. Barnett, College of Arts & Sciences, Trinity Washington University


»Reflected in RvT and FranT, rape is "mystified" in various forms of male discourse--discourse that substitutes the symbolic for the semiotic and thus keeps women silent or turns "no" into "yes."« (Source: Chaucer Bibliography Online)

»Points out the deflection of the violence of rape in the narratives in Chaucer's `Canterbury Tales.' Replacement of women's voices with male discourses on female sexuality; Inadequacy of patriarchal interpretation of rape; Paradigm of dominance and submission; Female as man's property; Rape as assertion of male masculinity.« (Source: EBSCOhost)

»Examines the intentions of the sexual violators to injure the fathers and husbands in the "Tales" by raping their women; also comments on the silenced female characters.« (Source: Feminae)

Wikipedia: Geoffrey Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales, The Franklin's Tale, The Reeve's Tale