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The New Middle Ages

Sexuality and its Queer Discontents in Middle English Literature

Authors: Pugh, T.

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This book exposes the ways in which ostensibly normative sexualities depend upon queerness to shore up their claims of privilege. Through readings of such classic texts as The Canterbury Tales and Eger and Grime , Tison Pugh explains how sexual normativity can often be claimed only after queerness has been rejected.

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TISON PUGH is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of English, as well as a Distinguished Researcher in the College of Arts and Humanities, at the University of Central Florida, USA.

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"Adventurous, accessible, and fun, Pugh's study certainly qualifies as a must read for any medievalist interested in issues of sexuality and gender." - Speculum

"Sexuality and Its Queer Discontents in Middle English Literature is an excellent, groundbreaking book and a major contribution to the ongoing project of recuperating the queer in medieval literature. Pugh's primary concern is with constructions of heterosexual masculinity, and the ways in which such constructions are enabled by the intercession of the queer. This has always been one of the main projects of Queer Theory, and Pugh's book serves as a demonstration of the power of Queer Theory to address pre-modern representations, as well as being an important intervention in the study of medieval literature itself." - Robert Sturges, Professor of English, Arizona State University and author of Chaucer's Pardoner and Gender Theory and Dialogue and Deviance

"Pugh s attention to questions of genre and narrative structure in the book is consistently engaging" - Studies in the Age of Chaucer


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Sexuality and its Queer Discontents in Middle English Literature

    Pugh, Tison

    Pages 1-19

  • Abandoning Desires, Desiring Readers, and the Divinely Queer Triangle of Pearl

    Pugh, Tison

    Pages 21-47

  • Queering Harry Bailly: Gendered Carnival, Social Ideologies, and Masculinity Under Duress in the Canterbury Tales

    Pugh, Tison

    Pages 49-73

  • “He Nedes Moot Unto the Pley Assente”: Queer Fidelities and Contractual Hermaphroditism in Chaucer’s Clerk’s Tale

    Pugh, Tison

    Pages 75-99

  • From Boys to Men to Hermaphrodites to Eunuchs: Queer Formations of Romance Masculinity and the Hagiographic Death Drive in Amis and Amiloun

    Pugh, Tison

    Pages 101-121

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sexuality and its Queer Discontents in Middle English Literature
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-61052-1
DOI
10.1057/9780230610521
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-8487-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-54014-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 220
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