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The afterlives of rape in medieval English literature / Suzanne M. Edwards.

Author/creator Edwards, Suzanne M., 1975- author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Houndsmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Copyright Notice ©2016
Descriptionxvii, 193 pages ; 23 cm.
Series The new Middle Ages
New Middle Ages (Palgrave Macmillan (Firm)) ^A688344
Contents Discourses of Survival -- Rape Survivors and Living Martyrs in the Lives of Holy Women -- Looking at "Strange Women" : Pedagogies of Sexual Violence in Anchoritic Literature -- Outrage Against Rape and the Battle Over Survival in Fourteenth-Century Legal Discourse and the Wife of Bath's Tale -- Ravished Wives, Sovereignty, and Political Reform -- Afterlives in the Twenty-First Century.
Abstract "From devotional literature that idealizes wives' submission to unwanted sex to political narratives that frame women's survival of sexual violence as a model for a just monarch, medieval texts propose that survivors of sexual violence have privileged moral, ethical, and spiritual insight. The Afterlives of Rape in Medieval English Literature explores these discourses of survival in a wide range of medieval English texts, including letters of spiritual advice, legal statutes and cases, saints' lives, romances, theological summae, and legendary histories. In these eleventh- through fourteenth-century texts, the ethical and epistemological dilemmas that survival poses capture the difficulty of reconciling spiritual and civic ideals with an unjust, fallen world. Edwards argues that understanding the literary history of survival as distinct from the history of rape, can help us to weigh the ethical importance of attending to violence against women against the costs of reifying gender difference and its traumatic identifications - both in our study of the past and in contemporary feminist politics"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Genre/formCriticism, interpretation, etc.
LCCN 2015030545
ISBN1137364815 (hardback)

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