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First published: September 1, 2023 - Last updated: September 1, 2023


Author: Betting Bildhauer

Title: Silencing a Woman's Accusation of Attempted Rape in Johannes de Alta Silva's Dolopathos

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Journal: Nottingham Medieval Studies

Volume: 64

Issue: -

Year: 2020

Pages: 117-136

pISSN: 0078-2122 - Find a Library: WorldCat | eISSN: 2507-0444 - Find a Library: WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Medieval History: 12th Century | European History: French History | Prosecution: Victim Testimonies / False Accusations; Types: Rape / Attempted Rape; Representations: Literary Texts / John of Alta Silva


Link: Brepols Online (Free Access)


Author: Bettina Bildhauer, St Andrews Institute of Medieval Studies, University of St Andrews - ORCID, Wikipedia

Abstract: »The story cycle The Seven Sages of Rome is known for showing how different characters tell and interpret the short stories embedded in its frame narrative according to their own interests and biases. The frame narrative has so far been excluded from this reading, with all trust placed in the omniscient heterodiegetic narrator at the expense of the female protagonist. This essay opens new research perspectives by suggesting that the heterodiegetic narrator in one of the texts in the Seven Sages tradition, Johannes de Alta Silva's Latin Dolopathos (c. 1184-1212), might be unreliable, and that the discredited female protagonist's voice is as worthy of being heard as the other characters and narrators. This is particularly provocative insofar as the woman's narrative contains the accusation that she has been raped, which is framed as false by the narrator.« (Source: Nottingham Medieval Studies)

  Abstract (p.117)
  The Narrator Silences the Female Protagonist's Voice (p. 121)
  The Male Protagonist's Silence Undermines the Female Protagonist's Speech (p. 126)
  The Content of the Secret: The Threat of Men Becoming Feminine and Garrulous (p. 131)
  Conclusion (p. 133)
  Works Cited (p. 134)
    Primary Sources (p. 134)
    Secondary Studies (p. 134)

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