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Sexual culture in the literature of medieval Britain

Author: Amanda Hopkins; Robert Allen Rouse; Cory Rushton
Publisher: Cambridge : D.S. Brewer, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Amanda Hopkins; Robert Allen Rouse; Cory Rushton
ISBN: 9781843843795 184384379X 9781843844440 1843844443
OCLC Number: 883426028
Description: 186 pages ; 25 cm
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.
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An examination into aspects of the sexual as depicted in a variety of medieval texts, from Chaucer and Malory to romance and alchemical treatises.  Read more...

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