The Resource Courtly desire and medieval homophobia : the legitimation of sexual pleasure in Cleanness and its contexts, Elizabeth B. Keiser

Courtly desire and medieval homophobia : the legitimation of sexual pleasure in Cleanness and its contexts, Elizabeth B. Keiser

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Courtly desire and medieval homophobia : the legitimation of sexual pleasure in Cleanness and its contexts
Title
Courtly desire and medieval homophobia
Title remainder
the legitimation of sexual pleasure in Cleanness and its contexts
Statement of responsibility
Elizabeth B. Keiser
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Subject
Language
  • eng
  • enm
  • eng
Summary
  • In the first comprehensive study of Cleanness and its medieval contexts, Elizabeth B. Keiser shows how this fourteenth-century religious poem legitimates erotic pleasure as natural apart from procreative justification and thus represents a unique moment in Western culture. She argues that Cleanness sacralizes heterosexual erotic play while condemning male homosexual love as profaning the Creator's workmanship and his nature
  • To situate the poem in the context of medieval homophobic constructions of nature as the basis of sexual norms, this book compares Cleanness's concepts of sexual desire and deviance with those its literary and theological antecedents, including Thomas Aquinas's discourse on temperance, Alain de Lille's Complaint of Nature, and Jean de Meun's Romance of the Rose
  • Cleanness is shown to be unconventionally affirmative of loveplay and other refinements of courtly artifice. Keiser explores the broad intellectual and social consequences of this celebration of late medieval masculine ideals and analyzes how the poet's class-specific aesthetic sensibility underlies a theologically and ethically flawed revisionist history of the biblical Creator's love affair with the creation. These limitations shed interesting light on Cleanness's relation to its theologically more complex and structurally more sophisticated companion poems - Patience, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and Pearl. This book is of groundbreaking importance for students of medieval literature and religion, the history of sexuality, queer studies, and gender studies
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Keiser, Elizabeth B
Index
index present
LC call number
PR1964
LC item number
.K45 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Homosexuality
  • Pleasure
  • Sex
  • Christian poetry, English (Middle)
  • Homosexuality and literature
  • Courtly love in literature
  • Homophobia in literature
  • Gay men in literature
  • Desire in literature
  • Homofobia
  • Religieuze gebruiken
  • Erotiek
  • Homoseksualiteit
  • Middelengels
  • Christentum
  • Homosexualität
  • Geschichte 600-1500
  • Sexualverhalten
  • Höfische Kultur
  • Sodom (Extinct city)
Label
Courtly desire and medieval homophobia : the legitimation of sexual pleasure in Cleanness and its contexts, Elizabeth B. Keiser
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-287) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • Revising the Complaint: Desire in the Roman as Context for Cleanness
  • 6.
  • Privileging the Feminine: Courtly Revisions of Masculinity
  • 7.
  • Homosocial Bondings with God and Christ
  • 8.
  • Theopoetic Coherence: Cleanness among Its Manuscript Companions
  • 1.
  • The Narrative Theology of Cleanness and the Aesthetic Ethics of Thomas Aquinas
  • 2.
  • Homophobic Wrath and Paradisal Pleasure
  • 3.
  • Educating Love: Nature as Sexual Norm in Cleanness and Alain's Complaint
  • 4.
  • The Sexual Ethics of Cleanness and Thomas Aquinas on Temperance
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 299 pages
Isbn
9780300069235
Lccn
96040206
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)36065998
  • (OCoLC)ocm36065998
Label
Courtly desire and medieval homophobia : the legitimation of sexual pleasure in Cleanness and its contexts, Elizabeth B. Keiser
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-287) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • Revising the Complaint: Desire in the Roman as Context for Cleanness
  • 6.
  • Privileging the Feminine: Courtly Revisions of Masculinity
  • 7.
  • Homosocial Bondings with God and Christ
  • 8.
  • Theopoetic Coherence: Cleanness among Its Manuscript Companions
  • 1.
  • The Narrative Theology of Cleanness and the Aesthetic Ethics of Thomas Aquinas
  • 2.
  • Homophobic Wrath and Paradisal Pleasure
  • 3.
  • Educating Love: Nature as Sexual Norm in Cleanness and Alain's Complaint
  • 4.
  • The Sexual Ethics of Cleanness and Thomas Aquinas on Temperance
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 299 pages
Isbn
9780300069235
Lccn
96040206
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)36065998
  • (OCoLC)ocm36065998

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