Shannon Draucker '13 to be published in the Madison Journal of Literary Criticism.
I wrote my essay, "Love Triangles in the Knight's Tale and the Limitations of Queering," for Professor Peter Travis's English 20 class, "The Canterbury Tales," in Fall 2012. In this piece, I draw on René Girard and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's work on erotic triangles. My paper is informed by Girard's argument that love triangles are in fact fueled by homoerotic desire between the two men rather than by the love of either for the woman. I also consider Sedgwick's assertion that this love triangle model is oppressive for the woman involved, as she serves as a mere object in the sexual relationship between the two men. In my essay, I consider how these theories play out in the relationship between the knights Palamon and Arcite and the beautiful maiden Emelye in the Knight's Tale. I was particularly drawn to this topic not only because of my interest in gender studies, but also because I am fascinated by how canonical works such as The Canterbury Tales have long informed our Western conceptions of gender and power—and the often problematic conflation between the two.
Bio: Shannon Draucker '13 will be graduating from Dartmouth in June. At Dartmouth, she is a double major in English and Music. This year, Shannon had the privilege of fusing these two academic interests in her English honors thesis, titled "Music and Alterity in the Fin-de-Siècle British Novel." Her literary interests include feminist and queer theory, late-Victorian fiction, and the field of music-literature studies. This fall, Shannon will enter Boston University's English PhD program.