Literary Medieval Criticism

Between Medieval Men: Male Friendship and Desire in Early by David Clark

By David Clark

Between Medieval males argues for the significance of synoptically studying the full variety of same-sex kin within the Anglo-Saxon interval, revisiting recognized texts and concerns (as good as fabric usually thought of marginal) from a noticeably various standpoint. The introductory chapters first lay out the premises underlying the e-book and its serious context, then emphasise the necessity to keep away from sleek cultural assumptions approximately either male-female and male-male relationships, and underline the paramount position of homosocial bonds in previous English literature. half II then investigates the development of and attitudes to same-sex acts and identities in ethnographic, penitential, and theological texts, ranging largely during the previous English corpus and drawing on Classical, Medieval Latin, and outdated Norse fabric. half III expands the focal point to homosocial bonds in outdated English literature so as to discover the diversity of institutions for same-sex intimacy and their illustration in literary texts similar to Genesis A, Beowulf, The conflict of Maldon, The Dream of the Rood, The Phoenix, and AElfric's Lives of Saints.

During the process the book's argument, David Clark uncovers a number of under-researched matters and indicates fruitful methods for his or her research. He concludes that, in omitting to invite sure questions of Anglo-Saxon fabric, in being too keen to just accept the established order indicated by means of the extant corpus, in uncritically uploading invisible (because normative) heterosexist assumptions in our analyzing, we possibility misrepresenting the range and complexity extra nuanced method of problems with gender and sexuality indicates will be extra certainly attribute of the period.

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