Obscene Pedagogies: Transgressive Talk and Sexual Education in Late Medieval Britain (Paperback)

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In Obscene Pedagogies, Carissa M. Harris investigates the relationship between obscenity, gender, and pedagogy in Middle English and Middle Scots literary texts from 1300 to 1580 to show how sexually explicit and defiantly vulgar speech taught readers and listeners about sexual behavior and consent.

Through innovative close readings of literary texts including erotic lyrics, single-woman's songs, debate poems between men and women, Scottish insult poetry battles, and The Canterbury Tales, Harris demonstrates how through its transgressive charge and galvanizing shock value, obscenity taught audiences about gender, sex, pleasure, and power in ways both positive and harmful. Harris's own voice, proudly witty and sharply polemical, inspires the reader to address these medieval texts with an eye on contemporary issues of gender, violence, and misogyny.

About the Author

Carissa M. Harris is Associate Professor of English at Temple University.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781501755293
ISBN-10: 1501755293
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication Date: April 15th, 2021
Pages: 306
Language: English
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