Obscene Pedagogies: Transgressive Talk and Sexual Education in Late Medieval Britain


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Cornell University Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.81 inches | 1.33 pounds

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About the Author

Carissa M. Harris is Associate Professor of English at Temple University.


"Harris is an astute close reader of Late Middle English obscenity."

--Times Higher Education

"In Obscene Pedagogies, Carissa M. Harris offers an energetic and incisive analysis of medieval narratives and current affairs that turn on the transgressive power of obscenity. Bold and stylish writing, exemplary close readings, and provocative takes on familiar texts make Obscene Pedagogies a book that will richly reward undergraduate readers."

--The Review of English Studies

"There is a lot to commend in this book. Aside from its vigorous and energetic writing and the sheer density of insights, its overall approach is also worthy of note."

--Modern Philology

"This book marks a rare--but, one hopes, not for long--example of scholarship that employs skillful literary and cultural analysis to enlarge understanding of enduring social justice problems.... Harris's work is valuable for her insights about discourses surrounding sexual violence in the late Middle Ages. It is equally valuable for how she teaches her audiences about the diversity of ways sexual violence can be perceived, deployed, taught, experienced, and resisted in the Middle Ages and in the present moment.... It is a book that should not be restricted to the shelves of medievalists."

--Studies in the Age of Chaucer