Join Dr. Carissa Harris, Assistant Professor of English at Temple University, for a presentation on consent in the Middle Ages. Alcohol- or drug-impaired sexual consent has been central to numerous recent high-profile legal cases, including Bill Cosby's trials in 2017 and 2018 and Brock Turner's 2016 trial. We tend to view this as a recent phenomenon; back in the day, the thinking goes, alcohol- or drug-facilitated sexual assault wasn't considered to be assault. However, medieval texts shed new light on this issue with their persistent focus on the relationship between intoxication, consent, harm, and responsibility.
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