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Grad Chat - July 19 2016: Medieval Literature

Grad Chat - July 19 2016: Medieval Literature

This week on Grad Chat:

Nicole Slipp: PhD student in English under the supervision of Dr Scott Strake and Dr Jane Tolmie

Research Topic: Medieval Literature

Overview: My dissertation considers the relationships between sexual practices depicted in Middle English texts and practices currently referred to as BDSM (bondage and discipline, domination and submission, and sadism and masochism). It explores how some medieval texts’ depictions of sexual exchanges of power can be unpacked via contemporary BDSM practices, revealing similarities and differences between medieval and contemporary queer sexual expression. Effectively, my work explores the medieval aesthetics of sexual power play. In many cases, kinky elements in medieval texts involve ways of relating to social power structures. BDSM has the ability to highlight power imbalances and a lack of consent that can form the basis of patriarchal, heteronormative relationships. Kink informed reading entails paying close attention to the