USV – Messages Sages and Ages

Messages, Sages, and Ages, Vol. 3, No. 2, (2016)

BETWEEN THE NORMATIVE AND THE PERFORMATIVE: SEX, PARODY, AND OTHER (IN)TRACTABLE ISSUES IN GEOFFREY CHAUCER’S MILLER S TALE

The article explores how Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales discusses human sexuality as a major thematic concern in both its normative and its performative dimension, and sex, an (in)tractable issue throughout the Middle Ages, as a core motif that helps the…

EDIBLES AND OTHER OFFERINGS TO READERS: THE POLITICS OF GENDER AND FOOD IN NARRATIVE FICTION

From the perspective of an apparently absent author, the rhetorical commonplaces of womanhood and nourishment are mentioned in the novels of Margaret Atwood, The Edible Woman (1969), and of Jillian Medoff, Hunger Point (2002). Although traditionally relegated to contextualizing devices,…