A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Middle Ages (The Cultural Histories Series)

A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Middle Ages (The Cultural Histories Series)

By: Ruth Evans (editor)Paperback

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Historians of sexuality have often assumed that medieval people were less interested in sex than we are. But people in the Middle Ages wrote a great deal about sex: in confessors' manuals, in virginity treatises, and in literary texts. This volume looks afresh at the cultural meanings that sex had throughout the period, presenting new evidence and offering new interpretations of known material. Acknowledging that many of the categories that we use today to talk about sexuality are inadequate for understanding sex in premodern times, the volume draws on important recent work in the historiography of medieval sexuality to address the conceptual and methodological challenges the period presents. A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Middle Ages presents an overview of the period with essays on heterosexuality, homosexuality, sexual variations, religious and legal issues, health concerns, popular beliefs about sexuality, prostitution and erotica.

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About Author

Ruth Evans is Dorothy McBride Orthwein Chair of English at St Louis University, USA. She has recently co-edited Medieval Virginities, Medieval Cultural Studies and Secrets, Mysteries and Silences.

Contents

Preface Series Acknowledgements List of Illustrations 1 Introduction: What Was Sexuality in the Middle Ages? Ruth Evans, St Louis University, USA 2 Heterosexuality Karma Lochrie, Indiana University, USA 3 Homosexuality: Specters of Sodom Robert Mills, King's College London, UK 4 Sexual Variations Cory James Rushton, St Francis Xavier University, Canada 5 Sex, Religion, and the Law Irina Metzler, University of Swansea, UK 6 Sex, Medicine, and Disease Jacqueline A. Tasioulas, University of Cambridge, UK 7 Sex, Popular Beliefs, and Culture Malcolm Jones, Independent Scholar, UK 8 Prostitution: The Moral Economy of Medieval Prostitution Kevin Mummey, University of Minnesota, USA 9 Erotica Sarah Salih, King's College London, UK Notes Bibliography Contributors Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 16/01/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781472554772
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9781472554772
  • weight: 606
  • ISBN10: 1472554779

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