Added: July 4, 2015 – Last updated: July 4, 2015


Author: Candace Crawford

Title: A Song of Rape and Infanticide

Subtitle: "Sir John Doth Play"

Thesis: M.A. Thesis, University of New Orleans (Advisor: Kevin Marti)

Year: 2015


Language: English

Keywords: Medieval History | English History | Representations: Literature


Link: ScholarWorks@UNO: University of New Orleans' Digital Repository (Available for download on May 15, 2020)


Abstract: »The Middle English lyric, “Sir John Doth Play,” narrated in the female voice clearly depicts rape by a male authority figure and the narrator’s distress over her unplanned pregnancy, yet has been repeatedly interpreted and introduced by critics as a love song portraying the interaction of a seductive village priest and a gullible maiden. As such, the lyric provides a unique perspective on the patriarchal nature of the twentieth century and the value of critically re-examining literature rather than canonizing accepted interpretations of literary work.« (Source: ScholarWorks@UNO)