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

Carissa M. Harris


This book 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, the book demonstrates how through its transgressive charge and galvanizing shock value, obscenity taught audiences about gender, sex, ple ... More

Keywords: obscenity, pedagogy, Middle Scots literature, Middle English literature, sexual behavior, sexual consent, gender, misogyny, violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501755293
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501755293.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carissa M. Harris, author
Temple University