“Foule appetite”: Sexualising Medea in the Middle Ages


  • Katherine Heavey Durham University


Medea, Ovid, John Lydgate, Benoît de Sainte-Maure, Gender Studies


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“Foule appetite”: Sexualising Medea in the Middle Ages. (2008). Postgraduate English: A Journal and Forum for Postgraduates in English, 17. https://postgradenglishjournal.awh.durham.ac.uk/ojs/index.php/pgenglish/article/view/72