S-Space College of Humanities (인문대학) Institute of Humanities (인문학연구원) Journal of humanities (인문논총) Journal of Humanities vol.53 (2005) (인문논총)
『트로일러스와 크리세이드』에 드러나는 강간의 의미 : Rape and Ravishment in Troilus and Criseyde
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- 서울대학교 인문대학 인문학연구원
- 인문논총, Vol.53, pp. 199-229
- In the Middle Ages, raptus connoted not only forced coitus, sexual assault,
abduction, but also seizure, dragging off, transportation, appropriation and theft.
The English derivatives, rape and ravish had almost the same connotation. The
glissement of the seemingly disparate meanings in these words reveal that women
were regarded as a property of men and that they were denied subjectivity,
particularly in sexual matters. Troilus and Criseyde witnesses the aetheticization or
eroticization of rape in Chaucers England. Abduction, rape and marriage or love
were interchangeable terms just as women were thought to be exchangeable
goods among men. Dreams of Pandarus, Criseyde and Troilus display their
clandestine desire of rape which is represented to be indistinguishable from love.
Bird imagery embedded in the inception and consummation of the love of Troilus
and Criseyde show their conscious or unconscious involvement in rape.
Cassandras historiography which emphasizes causation and recurrent historical
patterns suggests that the suffering of the women in Thebes will recur in the lives
of the women involved in the Trojan war.