Abstract

Abstract:

What are the limits of seduction, and when does it turn into sexual assault? This article explores these questions in the context of medieval Spanish literature, using feminist theory and a consent-oriented approach to analyze episodes of sexual violence in the Libro de buen amor. It analyzes four scenes of predatory sexual behavior and examines whether Venus's ars amatoria facilitates and guides the Archpriest's sexual assaults. This analysis highlights the challenges of distinguishing between aggressive seduction and predatory behavior, as well as how the representation of such acts in the Libro de buen amor resonates with contemporary discussions about consent, heterosexual interaction, and sexual assault.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1947-4261
Print ISSN
0193-3892
Pages
pp. 45-72
Launched on MUSE
2021-07-29
Open Access
No
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