, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 376–387 | Cite as

New feminisms and the unthinkable

  • Michelle M. SauerEmail author
Book Review Essay

Victoria Blud

The Unspeakable, Gender and Sexuality in Medieval Literature, 1000–1400. Cambridge, UK: D. S. Brewer, 2017, ix+211pp, $99.00.

ISBN: 9781843844686

Caroline Dunn

Stolen Women in Medieval England: Rape, Abduction, and Adultery, 1100–1500. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2013, xi+261pp, $99.00.

ISBN: 9781107017009

Carissa M. Harris

Obscene Pedagogies: Transgressive Talk and Sexual Education in Late Medieval Britain. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2018. xiii + 285pp, $42.95.

ISBN: 9781501730405

What does it mean to be unknowable? Unthinkable? These adjectives properly describe what has been done to women throughout history. Yet it is often women themselves who are unknowable and unthinkable – because invisible to the world of men and their social systems. The very idea of ‘unthinkable’ behavior can and does change over time. In 2011, for instance, the hot new movie was Bridesmaids. Everyone was watching it, everyone was loving it, everyone had an opinion....



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of North DakotaGrand ForksUSA

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