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Title Sexual culture in the literature of medieval Britain / edited by Amanda Hopkins, Robert Allen Rouse and Cory James Rushton
Published Cambridge : D.S. Brewer, [2014]
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Contents Introduction : A Light Thrown upon Darkness : Writing about Medieval British Sexuality / Robert Allen Rouse and Cory James Rushton -- "Open manslaughter and bold bawdry" : Male Sexuality as a Cause of Disruption in Malory's Morte Darthur / Kristina Hildebrand -- Erotic (Subject) Positions in Chaucer's Merchant's Tale / Amy S. Kaufman -- Enter the Bedroom : Managing Space for the Erotic in Middle English Romance / Megan G. Leitch -- "Naked as a nedyll" : The Eroticism of Malory's Elaine / Yvette Kisor -- "How love and I togedre met" : Gower, Amans and the Lessons of Venus in the Confessio Amantis / Samantha J. Rayner -- "Bogeysliche as a boye" : Performing Sexuality in William of Palerne / Hannah Priest -- Fairy Lovers : Sexuality, Order and Narrative in Medieval Romance / Aisling Byrne -- Text as Stone : Desire, Sex, and the Figurative Hermaphrodite in the Ordinal and Compound of Alchemy / Cynthea Masson -- Animality, Sexuality and the Abject in Three of Dunbar's Satirical Poems / Anna Caughey-- The Awful Passion of Pandarus / Cory James Rushton -- Invisible Woman : Rape as a Chivalric Necessity in Medieval Romance / Amy N. Vines
Summary "It is often said that the past is a foreign country where they do things differently, and perhaps no type of 'doing' is more fascinating than sexual desires and behaviours. Our modern view of medieval sexuality is characterised by a polarising dichotomy between the swooning love-struck knights and ladies of romance on one hand, and the darkly imagined and misogyny of an unenlightened 'medieval' sexuality on the other. British medieval sexual culture also exhibits such dualities through the influential paradigms of sinner or saint, virgin or whore, and protector or defiler of women. However, such sexual identities are rarely coherent or stable, and it is in the grey areas, the interstices between normative modes of sexuality, that we find the most compelling instances of erotic frisson and sexual expression. This collection of essays brings together a wide-ranging discussion of the sexual possibilities and fantasies of medieval Britain as they manifest themselves in the literature of the period. Taking as their matter texts and authors as diverse as Chaucer, Gower, Dunbar, Malory, alchemical treatises, and romances, the contributions reveal a surprising variety of attitudes, strategies and sexual subject positions."--Publisher's Web site
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject English literature -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- History and criticism.
Literature, Medieval -- History and criticism.
Sex in literature.
English literature -- Middle English.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Composition & Creative Writing.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Literature, Medieval
REFERENCE -- Writing Skills.
Sex in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Hopkins, Amanda, 1962- editor.
Rouse, Robert Allen, 1971- editor.
Rushton, Cory, editor.
ISBN 1322069344