Tag Archives: Wife of Bath

The Wife of Bath & U.S. Race Wars

A racial flair-up at our college has given me an opportunity to stress the relevance of the Wife of Bath’s prologue and tale. Like our African American students, she too feels disrespected. One has to dig beneath her seeming confidence to realize how vulnerable she feels, however.

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The V-Word: Casting Hillary as Duessa

The rightwing attacks on female sexuality have a long tradition, going back to Pliny the Elder, and include Chaucer, Spenser, and Milton. Expect the tradition to continue if Hillary Clinton is elected president.

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Old Lit as a Transformational Experience

The power of a “King Lear” passage is a refutation of Scott Walker’s attempt to redirect higher education to “work force needs.”

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Warning Labels for the Classics

Suggestions that certain classics come with “trigger warnings” leads of the following reflection.

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Lit’s 10 Most Painful Marriage Proposals

Literature 10 most painful marriage proposals.

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Lit’s 10 Strongest Female Characters

Who are literature’s ten strongest female characters? Here’s my list.

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Christ’s Love for Hot Barley Bread

Chaucer’s Wife of Bath may not be pure, but Jesus would appreciate her great heart.

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Don’t Underestimate Midsummer Madness

The summer solstice and Shakespeare’s famous play appear sentimental to us today. They were not always so.

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Imagine the Wife of Bath vs. Rick Santorum

Candidate for the GOP presidential nominee Rick Santorum opposes birth control on the basis of natural law. Chaucer’s Wife of Bath would take his head off.

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