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Author: Cory James Rushton

Title: The Awful Passion of Pandarus

Subtitle: -

In: Sexual Culture in the Literature of Medieval Britain

Edited by: Amanda Hopkins, Robert Allen Rouse, and Cory James Rushton

Place: Cambridge

Publisher: D.S. Brewer

Year: 2014

Pages: 147-160

ISBN-13: 9781843833795 – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781782043027 (online) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

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



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Author: Cory James Rushton, Department of English, St. Francis Xavier University

Abstract: »Cory James Rushton continues the theme of such dark pleasures in a reading of Troilus and Criseyde that coalesces around the implied 'dark' narrative of incest, possession, force and rape that underlie both the text (and its texts) and the mainstream of male sexuality (medieval and otherwise). Criseyde's status as widow is an important component of her object status under the gaze of men both within the poem and within the academy. Pandarus leads the innocent Troilus (innocent only in guile, not in intent), giving shape and direction to his desires for the 'experienced and non-virginal woman'. These desires manifest in what Rushton reads as 'the trap' where Criseyde is prey, both metaphorically animal and most cruelly human.« Sexual Culture in the Literature of Medieval Britain. Edited by Amanda Hopkins et al. Cambridge 2014: 10)


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