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The lump-child and its parents in The King of Tars
Jane Gilbert

resolving that his bride must convert before he will consummate their marriage, the heathen Sultan attempts to impose a sexual prohibition MUP_McDonald_06_Ch5 107 11/20/03, 14:24 108 Jane Gilbert whose legitimacy is upheld by the text. However, he is deceived by her outward show of conversion and unwittingly breaks his own rule, thus aligning himself with what Lacan terms ‘nature abandoned to the law of mating’. The Sultan’s inability to impose the symbolic separation of the human from the natural domain is confirmed by the numerous comparisons of him and other

in Pulp fictions of medieval England
Alcuin Blamires

him as her husband or as someone else pretending to be her husband remains crucially uncertain. That ambiguity confers an option of legitimacy upon the ensuing sex-act, whereby beneath a chestnut tree ‘His will with hire he wrought’ (71–2). Yet the imposition of ‘will’ is redolent of rape, and that is the retrospect we contemplate when the figure brusquely gets up and stands before her announcing that he has fathered a wild progeny on her. At this the duchess, whose reaction during the episode has been unknown but perhaps implicitly compliant, blesses herself

in Pulp fictions of medieval England
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Geoffrey Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde and John Lydgate’s Troy Book
Heather Blatt

work matters. This carries significance because, in the inclusivity of invitations addressed to ‘alle’ of the readers of a work, these emendation invitations speak not to the audience of professional readers alone, but to the audience of amateur readers as well. Such treatment conveys legitimacy upon their efforts, encouraging them. It also distils from the sophisticated interpretive and textual practices of professional readers basic building blocks – paying attention to the metre, to word choice, or other errors – that provide guidance to amateur readers desirous

in Participatory reading in late-medieval England