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"For Rage": Rape Survival, Women's Anger, and Sisterhood in Chaucer's Legend of Philomela

"For Rage": Rape Survival, Women's Anger, and Sisterhood in Chaucer's Legend of Philomela <p>abstract:</p><p>This article examines women&apos;s rage in response to rape, arguing that Chaucer depicts the possibilities of female rage and collective action in his <i>Legend of Philomela</i>. This article situates Chaucer&apos;s portrayal of sisterly anger in the context of the Philomela narrative in John Gower&apos;s <i>Confessio Amantis</i> and Ovid&apos;s <i>Metamorphoses</i>. It links this discussion of sisterhood, anger, and survival in medieval texts to contemporary examples of victim-survivors who use similar tactics to respond to their assaults and to challenge the cultural conditions that made them possible.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Chaucer Review Penn State University Press

"For Rage": Rape Survival, Women&apos;s Anger, and Sisterhood in Chaucer&apos;s Legend of Philomela

The Chaucer Review , Volume 54 (3) – Jun 22, 2019

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Abstract

<p>abstract:</p><p>This article examines women&apos;s rage in response to rape, arguing that Chaucer depicts the possibilities of female rage and collective action in his <i>Legend of Philomela</i>. This article situates Chaucer&apos;s portrayal of sisterly anger in the context of the Philomela narrative in John Gower&apos;s <i>Confessio Amantis</i> and Ovid&apos;s <i>Metamorphoses</i>. It links this discussion of sisterhood, anger, and survival in medieval texts to contemporary examples of victim-survivors who use similar tactics to respond to their assaults and to challenge the cultural conditions that made them possible.</p>

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The Chaucer ReviewPenn State University Press

Published: Jun 22, 2019

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