Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Representing Medieval Genders and Sexualities in Europe: Construction, Transformation and Subversion, 600-1530

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Representing Medieval Genders and Sexualities in Europe: Construction, Transformation and Subversion, 600-1530

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Representing Medieval Genders and Sexualities in Europe: Construction, Transformation and Subversion, óoo-ijjo, ed. Elizabeth L'Estrange and Alison More (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011). xvi + 202 pp.; 20 illustrations. ISBN 978-1-4094-0987-8. £60.00. Inspired in part by discussions at the Gender and Medieval Studies conference at the University of Leeds in 2005, this volume presents ten fascinating essays on gender and sexuality from the Anglo-Saxon to the early modern period. This ambitious collection covers aspects of politics, history, art history, literature, and religion in England, Germany, Flanders, France, and Italy. Informed by Judith Butler's notion of performativity, the essays explore the construction, transformation, and subversion of gender norms from within the constraints of patriarchy. The thought-provoking essay by Aislinn Loconte on the Franciscan funerary monument of Queen Sancia of Majorca built by her granddaughter in Naples in 1345 and that by Francesca Canadé Sautman on the politics of Joan (b. 1200) and Margaret (b. 1202), Countesses of Flanders, consider how aristocratic women could exercise their power. …

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