Wife of Bath: Multifaceted Feminist or Manufactured Misogynist?
Teresa Reed, English
10:45-10:55am | Houston Cole Library, 11th Floor
The Wife of Bath has proven to be a divisive character in scholarship surrounding The Canterbury Tales. Is she a proto-feminist who stands for medieval women’s rights, or is she a misogynist whose words contradict themselves? Despite the perceived blatant differences between these two interpretations, both are supported by plentiful evidence in the Tales. “Wife of Bath: Multifaceted Feminist or Manufactured Misogynist?” is an art piece that depicts medieval feminist, medieval misogynist, and modern feminist Wives alongside each other to highlight how they each complement the original text – and how they coexist within it.
student research, English
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Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Literature in English, British Isles
Watson, Drew, "Wife of Bath: Multifaceted Feminist or Manufactured Misogynist?" (2023). JSU Student Symposium 2023. 44.