The Reformation of Rape

Thu February 27, 2020
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Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Department of Religious Studies, Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, History Department
Lane History Corner, 200-307

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The Reformation of Rape

A new rape culture emerged in Early Modern Europe (1450-1750) as Europeans incorporated the moral priorities and cultural consequences of the Reformations, both Protestant and Catholic. These changes left a durable legacy as consistories, courts, and communities increasingly focused on the moral characters of rape victims. This talk examines the linguistic evidence of this shift as Europeans began to speak of rape, rape victims, and rape perpetrators in new ways.

Greta Kroeker is an award-winning teacher at the University of Waterloo, author of Erasmus in the Footsteps of Paul (2011) and co-editor of Religious Diaspora in Early Modern Europe: Strategies of Exile (2014).

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