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Dr. Kevin Marti
Dr. Robert Shenk
Dr. Daniel Gonzalez
The Middle English lyric, “Sir John Doth Play,” narrated in the female voice clearly depicts rape by a male authority figure and the narrator’s distress over her unplanned pregnancy, yet has been repeatedly interpreted and introduced by critics as a love song portraying the interaction of a seductive village priest and a gullible maiden. As such, the lyric provides a unique perspective on the patriarchal nature of the twentieth century and the value of critically re-examining literature rather than canonizing accepted interpretations of literary work.
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Crawford, Candace, "A Song of Rape and Infanticide: "Sir John Doth Play"" (2015). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 1962.