Queer Iberia: Sexualities, Cultures, and Crossings from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance (Series Q)

Queer Iberia: Sexualities, Cultures, and Crossings from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance (Series Q)

By: Josiah Blackmore (editor), Gregory S. Hutcheson (editor)Paperback

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Martyred saints, Moors, Jews, viragoes, hermaphrodites, sodomites, kings, queens, and cross-dressers comprise the fascinating mosaic of historical and imaginative figures unearthed in Queer Iberia. The essays in this volume describe and analyze the sexual diversity that proliferated during the period between the tenth and the sixteenth centuries when political hegemony in the region passed from Muslim to Christian hands. To show how sexual otherness is most evident at points of cultural conflict, the contributors use a variety of methodologies and perspectives and consider source materials that originated in Castilian, Latin, Arabic, Catalan, and Galician-Portuguese. Covering topics from the martydom of Pelagius to the exploits of the transgendered Catalina de Erauso, this volume is the first to provide a comprehensive historical examination of the relations among race, gender, sexuality, nation-building, colonialism, and imperial expansion in medieval and early modern Iberia. Some essays consider archival evidence of sexual otherness or evaluate the use of "deviance" as a marker for cultural and racial difference, while others explore both male and female homoeroticism as literary-aesthetic discourse or attempt to open up canonical texts to alternative readings. Positing a queerness intrinsic to Iberia's historical process and cultural identity, Queer Iberia will challenge the field of Iberian studies while appealing to scholars of medieval, cultural, Hispanic, gender, and gay and lesbian studies.Contributors. Josiah Blackmore, Linde M. Brocato, Catherine Brown, Israel Burshatin, Daniel Eisenberg, E. Michael Gerli, Roberto J. Gonzalez-Casanovas, Gregory S. Hutcheson, Mark D. Jordan, Sara Lipton, Benjamin Liu, Mary Elizabeth Perry, Michael Solomon, Louise O. Vasvari, Barbara Weissberger

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Josiah Blackmore is Assistant Professor of Portuguese at the University of Toronto. Gregory S. Hutcheson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Acknowledgments vii Introduction / Gregory S. Hutcheson and Josiah Blackmore 1 I. Queering Iberia Saint Pelagius, Ephebe and Martyr / Mark D. Jordan 23 "Affined to love the Moor": Sexual Misalliance and Cultural Mixing in the Cantigas d'escarnho e de mal dizer / Benjamin Liu 48 Queer Representation in the Arcipreste de Talavera, or, The Maldezir de mugeres Is a Drag / Catherine Brown 73 II. Iberian Masculinities "Tanquam effeminatum": Pedro II of Aragon and the Gendering of Heresy in the Albigensian Crusade / Sara Lipton 107 The Semiotics of Phallic Aggression and Anal Penetration as Male Agonistic Ritual in the Libro de buen amor / Louise O. Vasvari 130 Male Bonding as Cultural Construction in Alfonso X, Ramon Llull, and Juan Manuel: Homosocial Friendship in Medieval Iberia / Roberto J. Gonzalez-Casanovas 157 III. Sources of Sodom The Poets of Sodom / Josiah Blackmore 195 Desperately Seeking Sodom: Queerness in the Chronicles of Alvaro de Luna / Gregory S. Hutcheson 222 Juan Ruiz's Heterosexual "Good Love" / Daniel Eisenberg 250 IV. Normativity and Nationhood Fictions of Infection: Diseasing the Sexual Other in Francesc Eiximenis's Lo llibre de les dones / Michael Soloman 277 "!A tierra, puto!": Alfonso de Palencia's Discourse of Effeminacy / Barbara Weissberger 291 "Tened por espejo su fin": Mapping Gender and Sex in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Spain / Linde M. Brocato 325 V. The Body and the State Dismembering the Body Politic: Vile Bodies and Sexual Underworlds in Celestina / E. Michael Gerli 369 From Convent to Battlefield: Cross-Dressing and Gender the Self in the New World of Imperial Spain / Mary Elizabeth Perry 394 Written on the Body: Slave or Hermaphrodite in Sixteenth-Century Spain / Israel Burshatin 420 Index 457 Contributors 475

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  • Number Of Pages: 488
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