I love new information as much as the next gal, and I’m always grateful for what men who are non-experts in my field deign to teach me about my own work. So, to thank them, I have compiled a list of the helpful tidbits some generous men have given me just this week…

Shakespeare is the Only Author to deal with Mental Illness
Last week I was, I’m afraid, also on about the Shakespearean Hegemony, and the theme continues. This time, it was a discussion about the (excellent) recent book Elizabeth is Missing during which one of my students kept insisting that we talk about King Lear instead, since King Lear (according to that student) is the origin of all discussion on dementia and mental illness. Aside from the question as to whether this is actually what King Lear represents, mental illness has always been a theme throughout literature. One pre-bard example that springs to mind is Thomas Hoccleve’s amusing, moving and excellent (semi)autobiographical poem My Compleinte in which the author describes jumping up to the mirror again and again trying to catch his face pulling an expression that is not his own.

There Were No Women Writers Before 1800
Anyone who says this is an idiot. 

There Was No Marital Rape in the Medieval Period
Because the law was different in the medieval period (there was no legal recognition of marital rape), therefore these weren’t rapes and women must have not been bothered by them at all.

Chaucer’s Publisher Demanded the Inclusion of Certain Scenes
Chaucer died in 1400. The first printing press wasn’t invented until roughly forty years after. Chaucer wrote for the court, and employed a scribe whom he complains he had to frequently correct. There were no publishers, no publishing houses and no publishing conventions.

Women Oppress Men
Some guy I know’s mum told him to do something once, so it’s actually women oppressing men. #TrueStory #teachthecontroversy #taketheredpill