The Erotic in the Literature of Medieval Britain

The Erotic in the Literature of Medieval Britain

Edited by Amanda Hopkins, Cory James Rushton

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D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

An examination of the erotic in medieval literature which includes articles on the role of clothing and nudity, the tension between eroticism and transgression and religion and the erotic.
This volume examines the erotic in the literature of medieval Britain, primarily in Middle English, but also in Latin, Welsh and Old French. Seeking to discover the nature of the erotic and how it differs from modern erotics, the contributors address topics such as the Wife of Bath's opinions on marital eroticism, the role of clothing and nudity, the tension between eroticism and transgression, the interplay between religion and the erotic, and the hedonistic horrors of the cannibalistic Giant of Mont St Michel.

Contributors: ALEX DAVIS, SIMON MEECHAM-JONES, JANE BLISS, SUE NIEBRZYDOWSKI, KRISTINA HILDEBRAND, ANTHONY BALE, CORY JAMES RUSHTON, CORINNE SAUNDERS, AMANDA HOPKINS, ROBERT ROUSE, MARGARET ROBSON, THOMAS H. CROFTS III, MICHAEL CICHON.


AMANDA HOPKINS teaches in the department of English and Comparative Literary Studies and the department of French at the University of Warwick; CORY RUSHTON is in the Department of English at St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Details

194 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Hardback, 9781843841197, April 2007
Paperback, 9781843844433, June 2016
Personal eBook, 9781782048091, April 2007
Library eBook
D.S.Brewer
BIC DSBB, 1DBKE, 2AB, 3H
BISAC LIT011000
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Table of Contents

Foreword - Tony Grand
Introduction
`So wel koude he me glose': The Wife of Bath and the Eroticism of Touch - Sue Niebrzydowski
The Lady's Man: Gawain as a Lover in Middle English Literature - Cory Rushton
Erotic Magic: The Enchantress in Middle English Romance - Corinne Saunders
`wordy vnthur wede': Clothing, Nakedness and the Erotic in some Romances of Medieval Britain - Amanda Hopkins
`Some Like it Hot': The Medieval Eroticism of Heat - Robert Rouse
How's Your Father? Sex and the Adolescent Girl in Sir Degarré - Margaret Robson
The Female `Jewish' Libido in Medieval Culture - Anthony Bale
Eros and Error: Gross Sexual Transgression in the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogi - Michael Cichon
Perverse and Contrary Deeds: The Giant of Mont Saint Michel and the Alliterative Morte Arthure - Thomas Howard Crofts
Her Desire and His: Letters between Fifteenth-century Lovers - Kristina Hildebrand
Sex in the Sight of God: Theology and the Erotic in Peter of Blois' `Grates Ago Veneri' - Simon Meecham-Jones
A Fine and Private Place - Jane Bliss
Erotic Historiography: Writing the Self and History in Twelfth-century Romance and the Renaissance - Alexander Davis

Reviews

(A)n impressive survey that invites us to rethink the role of sex in medieval English literature and thought. ARTHURIANA

A multiplicity of perspectives on a discrete (yet vast) number of texts, many of which are romances, that lends a sense of completeness to the book as a whole. COMITATUS

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