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Women's and Gender Studies Brown Bag

Wednesday, 28 February, 2018

The Department of Women and Gender Studies will hold its next Brown Bag from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Room 144, McGannon Hall.

Ruth Evans, Ph.D., of the Department of English, will present, “Chaucer and Rape Culture.”

In a number of recent angry blogposts, online articles, and book chapters, feminist critics are reading Geoffrey Chaucer’s fictional representations of sexual violence against women in The Canterbury Tales in the light of today’s climate of rape culture and #MeToo. The fact that Chaucer was himself accused of a charge of “raptus” (the Latin means not only rape but abduction), even though the charge was later dropped, adds a further dimension of complexity to these readings. In this presentation Evans considers some of the issues surrounding the handling of sexual misconduct in medieval material in the classroom.

Each semester the WGS Department sponsors a brown bag lunch series at which speakers present their research and engage the audience in discussion about the topic. The topics vary, as do the disciplines of the speakers and the points of view they represent. These informal settings provide opportunities to learn about the range of Women's and Gender Studies scholarship and to meet students and faculty with similar interests.

Participants should bring their lunches.

Dessert and drinks are provided.