Session Title

Rape, Violence, and Consent: The Medieval Pastourelle

Sponsoring Organization(s)

English Dept., Temple Univ.

Organizer Name

Carissa M. Harris, Elizaveta Strakhov

Organizer Affiliation

Temple Univ., Northwestern Univ.

Presider Name

Sarah Baechle

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of Notre Dame

Paper Title 1

The Many Voices of the Shepherdess: Resistance and Fantasy in the Pastourelle

Presenter 1 Name

Anne McCreary

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Texas-Austin

Paper Title 2

Declawing the Pastorale: Margaret of Flanders and Her House at Germolles

Presenter 2 Name

Scott Miller

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Northwestern Univ.

Paper Title 3

"Experience" versus "Auctorite" in Chaucer's Wife of Bath's Tale and the French Pastourelle

Presenter 3 Name

Elizaveta Strakhov

Paper Title 4

"Ye hurt my lytyl fynger": Subjectivity, Rape, and Resistance in the Middle English Pastourelle

Presenter 4 Name

Carissa M. Harris

Start Date

14-5-2015 1:30 PM

Session Location

Sangren 1720

Description

Our panel will explore how poets in the late Middle Ages deployed the genre of the pastourelle to negotiate tensions surrounding class, gender, and national difference. For some poets, the genre is a vehicle for mediating conflicting ideas about violence, sexuality, and consent, often exploring issues of victimization and culpability. For others, the pastourelle serves to dramatize class tensions between gentry and peasants or clerics and laypeople. For poets such as Jean Froissart, writing in Francophone Europe during the Hundred Years' War, the pastourelle became a valuable tool for articulating the human toll of armed conflict and for expressing burgeoning ideals of regionalism and protonationalism.

In exploring the rich variety of uses for this genre, our panel aims to revitalize interest in the medieval pastourelle across Europe as an important means of understanding, negotiating, and revising notions of social and sexual difference in the late medieval period.

Carissa M. Harris

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May 14th, 1:30 PM

Rape, Violence, and Consent: The Medieval Pastourelle

Sangren 1720

Our panel will explore how poets in the late Middle Ages deployed the genre of the pastourelle to negotiate tensions surrounding class, gender, and national difference. For some poets, the genre is a vehicle for mediating conflicting ideas about violence, sexuality, and consent, often exploring issues of victimization and culpability. For others, the pastourelle serves to dramatize class tensions between gentry and peasants or clerics and laypeople. For poets such as Jean Froissart, writing in Francophone Europe during the Hundred Years' War, the pastourelle became a valuable tool for articulating the human toll of armed conflict and for expressing burgeoning ideals of regionalism and protonationalism.

In exploring the rich variety of uses for this genre, our panel aims to revitalize interest in the medieval pastourelle across Europe as an important means of understanding, negotiating, and revising notions of social and sexual difference in the late medieval period.

Carissa M. Harris