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Rape and Male Identity in Arthurian Romance, Chrétien de Troyes to Marion Zimmer Bradley


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Rape and Male Identity in Arthurian Romance, Chrétien de Troyes to Marion Zimmer Bradley

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dc.contributor.author Angeli, Anna
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-10T17:14:50Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-10T17:14:50Z
dc.date.issued 2010-09-10
dc.date.submitted July 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/11161
dc.description.abstract This 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.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Arthurian literature en_US
dc.subject rape en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Chretien, de Troyes, 12th cent. Erec et Enide. English
dc.subject.lcsh Spenser, Edmund, 1552?-1599. Faerie queene
dc.subject.lcsh Bradley, Marion Zimmer. Mists of Avalon
dc.subject.lcsh Arthurian romances--Adaptations--History and criticism
dc.subject.lcsh Rape in literature
dc.subject.lcsh Identity (Psychology) in literature
dc.title Rape and Male Identity in Arthurian Romance, Chrétien de Troyes to Marion Zimmer Bradley en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures en_US
dc.description.advisor Bishop, Stephen
dc.description.committee-member Baackmann, Susanne
dc.description.committee-member Peters-Newell, Marina

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