Queering the Middle Ages

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Glenn Burger, Steven F. Kruger
U of Minnesota Press, 2001 - Social Science - 318 pages
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The essays in this volume present new work that, in one way or another, "queers" stabilized conceptions of the Middle Ages, allowing us to see the period and its systems of sexuality in radically different, off-center, and revealing ways. While not denying the force of gender and sexual norms, the authors consider how historical work has written out or over what might have been non-normative in medieval sex and culture, and they work to restore a sense of such instabilities. At the same time, they ask how this pursuit might allow us not only to re-envision medieval studies but also to rethink how we study culture from our current set of vantage points within postmodernity.

The authors focus on particular medieval moments: Christine de Pizan's representation of female sexuality; chastity in the Grail romances; the illustration of "the sodomite" in manuscript commentaries on Dante's Commedia; the complex ways that sexuality inflected English national politics at the time of Edward II's deposition; the construction of the sodomitic Moor by Reconquista Spain. Throughout, their work seeks to disturb a logic that sees the past as significant only insofar as it may make sense for and of a stabilized present.

  

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Contents

Queering Ovidian Myth Bestiality and Desire in Christine de Pizans Epistre Othea
3
Sodomys Mark Alan of Lille Jean de Meun and the Medieval Theory of Authorship
28
The Pose of the Queer Dantes Gaze Brunetto Latinis Body
57
Presidential Improprieties and Medieval Categories The Absurdity of Heterosexuality
87
Part II
97
The Sodomitic Moor QUEERNESS IN THE NARRATIVE OF Reconquista
99
CHASTE SUBJECTS GENDER HEROISM AND DESIRE IN THE GRAIL QUEST
123
THE KINGS BOYFRIEND FROISSARTS POLITICAL THEATER OF 1326
143
Part III
191
TRANSLATING THE FORESKIN
193
Shameful Pleasures Up Close and Dirty with Chaucer Flesh and the Word
213
Ecce Homo
236
MEDIEVALPOSTMODERN HIVAIDS AND THE TEMPORALITY OF CRISIS
252
Return of the Repressed The Sequel
284
CONTRIBUTORS
303
INDEX OF PROPER NAMES AND TITLES OF ANONYMOUS WORKS
309

Just Like a Woman Queer History Womanizing the Body and the Boys in Arnauds Band
168

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About the author (2001)

Glenn Burger, Lesley Cormack, Jonathan Hart, and Natalia Pylypiuk teach at universities across North America and are all members of the Medieval and Early Modern Institute. Glenn Burger teaches in the Departments of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. His research interests include issues of sex, gendre and sexuality in medieval literature, especially Chaucer, as well as East/West relations. He is the editor of Hetoum's A Lytell Cronycle, co-editor with Steve F. Kruger of Queering in the Middle Ages and author of Chaucer's Queer Nation.

Kruger has taught medieval and queer studies at Queens College (CUNY), the Graduate School and University Center (CUNY), and the University of Alberta.

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