Sexuality and its Queer Discontents in Middle English Literature

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Springer, Feb 4, 2008 - History - 220 pages
This book exposes the ways in which ostensibly normative sexualities depend upon queerness to shore up their claims of privilege. Through readings of such classic texts as The Canterbury Tales and Eger and Grime , Tison Pugh explains how sexual normativity can often be claimed only after queerness has been rejected.
 

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Contents

Sexuality and Its Queer Discontents in Middle English Literature
1
2 Abandoning Desires Desiring Readers and the Divinely Queer Triangle of Pearl
21
Gendered Carnival Social Ideologies and Masculinity under Duress in the Canterbury Tales
48
Queer Fidelities and Contractual Hermaphroditism in Chaucers Clerks Tale
75
Queer Formations of Romance Masculinity and the Hagiographic Death Drive in Amis and Amiloun
100
6 Queer Castration Patriarchal Privilege and the Comic Phallus in Eger and Grime
123
Compulsory Queerness and the Pleasures of Medievalism
145
Notes
151
Bibliography
193
Index
214
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TISON PUGH is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of English, as well as a Distinguished Researcher in the College of Arts and Humanities, at the University of Central Florida, USA.

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