Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 7377
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Cannon , Christopher.
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  • Title: Chaucer and Rape: Uncertainty's Certainties
  • 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 255 - 279.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Champain, Cecily, Possible Victim of Raptus Chaucer, Geoffrey, Poet Consent Law Rape in Literature Raptus [Latin: Rape or Abduction, Either Forcible or Consensual, Sometimes with the Intention of Marriage]
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 14
  • Related Resources: Christopher Cannon, in "Chaucer and Rape: Uncertainty's Certainties," pursues his important work on the most famous rape in medieval English literary studies, the charge of "raptus" from which Cecily Chaumpaigne releases Chaucer. In this essay Cannon comp
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  • Illustrations: The role Geoffrey Chaucer played in the "raptus" of Cecily Chaumpaigne can be specified, not through any history of terminology but, as this essay argues, through consideration of the grounds on which a particular act of sex can be described as nonconsensual, both now and in the Middle Ages. [Reproduced by permission of Palgrave].
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Cambridge
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  • Year of Publication: 2001.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0312236484
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