Spare the rod: The figure of the dominatrix in the literary canon

@article{Baron2006SpareTR,
  title={Spare the rod: The figure of the dominatrix in the literary canon},
  author={Jeremy Hugh Baron},
  journal={Sexuality and Culture},
  year={2006},
  volume={10},
  pages={76-95}
}
  • J. H. Baron
  • Published 1 June 2006
  • Art
  • Sexuality and Culture
The commonly cited maxim, “Spare the rod and spoil the child” is often traced incorrectly back to the biblical book of Proverbs when its point of origin lies instead first in Langland’s Piers Plowman and then, in the highly satirical and sexualized text of Samuel Butler’s Hudibras. Thus, from a religious origin, it has metamorphosed into a woman-man relationship. Indeed to follow the evolution of this phrase is to uncover the extent to which the disciplining impulses of religious rhetoric are… 
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