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  • Record Number: 2430
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Potkay , Monica Brzezinski.
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  • Title: The Violence of Courtly Exegesis in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"
  • Source: Representing Rape in Medieval and Early Modern Literature.  Edited by Elizabeth Robertson and Christine M. Rose.  The New Middle Ages Series. Palgrave, 2001.  Pages 97 - 124.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Chivalry Courtly Literature Jerome, Theologian and Saint Literature- Verse Rape in Literature Romance, Literary Genre Sexual Violence in Literature Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Middle English Poem
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 14
  • Related Resources: Monica Brzezinksi Potkay illuminatingly shows how the hero of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is objectified and handled as if he were himself a text, in Jerome's sense; "a captive and unwilling object of desire." She reads the poem as insisting on the ne
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  • Illustrations: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight exposes courtly discourse's potential for sexual violence, attributes that violence to a hermeneutic that imagines reading as rape, and responds to linguistic violence by declaring its own textual integrity. The poem warns that those who violate texts or women will themselves be violated. [Reproduced by permission of Palgrave].
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  • Author's Affiliation: College of William and Mary
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  • Year of Publication: 2001.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0312236484
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