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Author: Amy M. Vines

Title: Invisible Woman

Subtitle: Rape as a Chivalric Necessity in Medieval Romance

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: 161-180

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: Amy Vines, Department of English, University of North Carolina at Greensboro –

Abstract: »The subject of rape is also the topic of Amy N. Vines's essay, which asks how we read texts 'where the rapist is also the heroic figure of the text'. Contra to those explicit codes of chivalry that prohibit rape, such as Malory's Pentecostal oath, Vines argues that 'the act of rape is in many cases a foundational aspect of establishing masculine chivalric identity'. Addressing Chaucer's Wife of Bath's Tale, the Old French Percival Continuation, and the Middle English Partonope of Blois, Vines exposes some very uncomfortable possibilities about the fundamental place of male sexual aggression in the implicit expectations of medieval chivalric behaviour.« (Source: Robert Allen Rouse and Cory James Rushton. »Introduction. A Light Thrown upon Darkness: Writing about Medieval British Sexuality.« Sexual Culture in the Literature of Medieval Britain. Edited by Amanda Hopkins et al. Cambridge 2014: 10-11)


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Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of England | Literature: English literature / Middle English literature | 14th-century English writers: Geoffrey Chaucer / The Wife of Bath's Tale