Rape Culture and Female Resistance in Late Medieval Literature: With an Edition of Middle English and Middle Scots Pastourelles (Hardcover)

Rape Culture and Female Resistance in Late Medieval Literature: With an Edition of Middle English and Middle Scots Pastourelles By Sarah Baechle (Editor), Carissa M. Harris (Editor), Elizaveta Strakhov (Editor) Cover Image
By Sarah Baechle (Editor), Carissa M. Harris (Editor), Elizaveta Strakhov (Editor)
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Centering on the difficult and important subject of medieval rape culture, this book brings Middle English and Scots texts into conversation with contemporary discourses on sexual assault and the #MeToo movement. The book explores the topic in the late medieval lyric genre known as the pastourelle and in related literary works, including chivalric romance, devotional lyric, saints' lives, and the works of major authors such as Margery Kempe and William Dunbar. By engaging issues that are important to feminist activism today--the gray areas of sexual consent, the enduring myth of false rape allegations, and the emancipatory potential of writing about survival--this volume demonstrates how the radical terms of the pastourelle might reshape our own thinking about consent, agency, and survivors' speech and help uncover cultural scripts for talking about sexual violence today.

In addition to embodying the possibilities of medievalist feminist criticism after #MeToo, Rape Culture and Female Resistance in Late Medieval Literature includes an edition of sixteen Middle English and Middle Scots pastourelles. The poems are presented in a critical framework specifically tailored to the undergraduate classroom.

Along with the editors, the contributors to this volume include Lucy M. Allen-Goss, Suzanne M. Edwards, Mary C. Flannery, Katharine W. Jager, Scott David Miller, Elizabeth Robertson, Courtney E. Rydel, and Amy N. Vines.

About the Author


Sarah Baechle is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Mississippi. She is a coeditor of New Directions in Medieval Manuscript Studies and Reading Practices: Essays in Honor of Derek Pearsall. Carissa M. Harris is Associate Professor of English at Temple University and the author of Obscene Pedagogies: Transgressive Talk and Sexual Education in Late Medieval Britain. Elizaveta Strakhov is Associate Professor of English at Marquette University. She is the author of Continental England: Form, Translation, and Chaucer in the Hundred Years' War and a coeditor of John Lydgate's "Dance of Death" and Related Works.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780271092676
ISBN-10: 027109267X
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication Date: June 7th, 2022
Pages: 280
Language: English