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dc.contributor.authorAngeli, Anna
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-10T17:14:50Z
dc.date.available2010-09-10T17:14:50Z
dc.date.issued2010-09-10
dc.date.submittedJuly 2010
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1928/11161
dc.description.abstractThis work explores the evolution of troped rape in Arthurian literature from the 12th century to modern day. I focus on three works: Chrétien de Troyes’ Erec et Enide, Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, and Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon. In each, I examine the five functions of troped rape – the establishing of military prowess, the encoded patriotic message, the moral test, and the aesthetic and class marker. These five functions remain intact but evolve in accordance with historical and social context, the real societal conditions and common perception of women influencing each work’s representation of rape. In the 12th century, Chrétien de Troyes’ atypical Arthurian romances were still largely focused on the male characters, favoring their development over the female characters’. In the 16th century, Spenser also favored the male point of view but problematized his re-imagined Arthurian legend with male anxiety about women in power and the changing colonial military understanding of Elizabethan England. In the late 20th century, Bradley injected the myths with the female voice, undermining the phallocentric take on rape by writing it from the victim’s point of view.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectArthurian literatureen_US
dc.subjectrapeen_US
dc.subject.lcshChretien, de Troyes, 12th cent. Erec et Enide. English
dc.subject.lcshSpenser, Edmund, 1552?-1599. Faerie queene
dc.subject.lcshBradley, Marion Zimmer. Mists of Avalon
dc.subject.lcshArthurian romances--Adaptations--History and criticism
dc.subject.lcshRape in literature
dc.subject.lcshIdentity (Psychology) in literature
dc.titleRape and Male Identity in Arthurian Romance, Chrétien de Troyes to Marion Zimmer Bradleyen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeComparative Literature and Cultural Studiesen_US
dc.description.levelMastersen_US
dc.description.departmentUniversity of New Mexico. Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literaturesen_US
dc.description.advisorBishop, Stephen
dc.description.committee-memberBaackmann, Susanne
dc.description.committee-memberPeters-Newell, Marina


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