Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Queering the Middle Ages

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Queering the Middle Ages

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Queering the :liddle Ages, ed. Glenn Burger and Steven F. Kruger, Medieval Cultures 27 (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000. xxiii + 318 pp. ISBN 0-81663403-3, L41.00 (hard covers); 0-8166-3404-1, L16.50 (p/b). The essays in this collection aim at destabilizing normative conceptions of sexuality in the Middle Ages. After an introduction by the editors urging that the 'preposterous' that may have been overwritten by the modern should be restored to postmodern sight, the essays are divided into three groups, each with a response. The first part consists of essays by Marilynn Desmond and Pamela Sheingorn, `Queering Ovidian myth: bestiality and desire in Christine de Pizan's Epistre d'Othea'; Susan Schibanoff, 'Sodomv's mark: Alan of Lille, Jean de Meun, and the medieval theory of authorship'; Michael Camille, `The pose of the queer: Dante's gaze, Brunetto Latini's body'; and a response by Karma Lochrie, `Presidential improprieties and medieval categories: the absurdity of heterosexuality'. …

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