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Title Gender and difference in the Middle Ages / Sharon Farmer and Carol Braun Pasternack, editors
Published Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2003


Description 1 online resource (xxvii, 354 pages)
Series Medieval cultures ; v. 32
Medieval cultures ; v. 32.
Contents On the history of the early phallus / Daniel Boyarin -- Gender irregularity as entertainment: institutionalized transvestism at the Caliphal Court in medieval Baghdad / Everett K. Rowson -- Reconfiguring the prophet Daniel: gender, sanctity, and castration in Byzantium / Kathryn M. Ringrose -- Negotiating gender in Anglo-Saxon England / Carol Braun Pasternack -- Male friendship and the suspicion of sodomy in twelfth-century France / Mathew S. Kuefler -- Crucified by the virtues: monks, lay brothers, and women in the thirteenth-century Cistercian saints' lives / Martha G. Newman -- "Because the other is a poor woman she shall be called his wench": gender, sexuality, and social status in late medieval England / Ruth Mazo Karras -- Re-orienting desire: writing on gender trouble in fourteenth-century Egypt / Michael Uebel -- Manual labor, begging, and conflicting gender expectations in thirteenth-century Paris / Sharon Farmer -- Female homoerotic discourse and religion in medieval Germanic culture / Ulrike Wiethaus -- Nonviolent Christianity and the strangeness of female power in Geoffrey Chaucer's Man of law's tale / Elizabeth Robertson
Summary Nothing less than a rethinking of what we mean when we talk about "men" and "women" of the medieval period, this volume demonstrates how the idea of gender -- in the Middle Ages no less than now -- intersected in subtle and complex ways with other categories of difference. Responding to the insights of postcolonial and feminist theory, the authors show that medieval identities emerged through shifting paradigms -- that fluidity, conflict, and contingency characterized not only gender, but also sexuality, social status, and religion. This view emerges through essays that delve into a wide variety of cultures and draw on a broad range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches. Scholars in the fields of history as well as literary and religious studies consider gendered hierarchies in western Christian, Jewish, Byzantine, and Islamic areas of the medieval world
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes English
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Subject Women -- History -- Middle Ages, 500-1500.
Sex role -- History -- To 1500
Sex differences -- Philosophy -- History
Social history -- Medieval, 500-1500.
Civilization, Medieval.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Gender Studies.
HISTORY -- Medieval.
Civilization, Medieval.
Sex differences -- Philosophy.
Sex role.
Social history -- Medieval.
Women -- Middle Ages.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Farmer, Sharon A., editor
Pasternack, Carol Braun, editor
LC no. 2002011020
ISBN 9780816693375