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Queer Iberia: Sexualities, Cultures, and Crossings from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance

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Martyred saints, Moors, Jews, viragoes, hermaphrodites, sodomites, kings, queens, and cross-dressers comprise the fascinating mosaic of historical and imaginative figures unearthed in Queer Iberia. The essays in this volume describe and analyze the sexual diversity that proliferated during the period between the tenth and the sixteenth centuries when political hegemony in the region passed from Muslim to Christian hands.
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Overview

Martyred saints, Moors, Jews, viragoes, hermaphrodites, sodomites, kings, queens, and cross-dressers comprise the fascinating mosaic of historical and imaginative figures unearthed in Queer Iberia. The essays in this volume describe and analyze the sexual diversity that proliferated during the period between the tenth and the sixteenth centuries when political hegemony in the region passed from Muslim to Christian hands.
To show how sexual otherness is most evident at points of cultural conflict, the contributors use a variety of methodologies and perspectives and consider source materials that originated in Castilian, Latin, Arabic, Catalan, and Galician-Portuguese. Covering topics from the martydom of Pelagius to the exploits of the transgendered Catalina de Erauso, this volume is the first to provide a comprehensive historical examination of the relations among race, gender, sexuality, nation-building, colonialism, and imperial expansion in medieval and early modern Iberia. Some essays consider archival evidence of sexual otherness or evaluate the use of “deviance” as a marker for cultural and racial difference, while others explore both male and female homoeroticism as literary-aesthetic discourse or attempt to open up canonical texts to alternative readings.
Positing a queerness intrinsic to Iberia’s historical process and cultural identity, Queer Iberia will challenge the field of Iberian studies while appealing to scholars of medieval, cultural, Hispanic, gender, and gay and lesbian studies.

Contributors. Josiah Blackmore, Linde M. Brocato, Catherine Brown, Israel Burshatin, Daniel Eisenberg, E. Michael Gerli, Roberto J. González-Casanovas, Gregory S. Hutcheson, Mark D. Jordan, Sara Lipton, Benjamin Liu, Mary Elizabeth Perry, Michael Solomon, Louise O. Vasvári, Barbara Weissberger

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“An outstanding collection. The pieces are sharp, bold, well argued, and witty; the whole project is—above all—crucial to the much-needed expansion of the fields of Hispanic, postcolonial, and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender studies.”—Carolyn Dinshaw, author of Chaucer’s Sexual Poetics and Getting Medieval

“In this provocative volume, an impressive collection of scholars, undaunted by a tradition of more solemn readings, train the powerful double lens of cultural and sexual difference on the medieval and early modern Iberian world, which turns out to be much more akin to our own than we might have suspected.”—Mary Gaylord, Harvard University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822323266
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books
  • Publication date: 8/12/1999
  • Series: Series Q
  • Pages: 488
  • Lexile: 1640L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Josiah Blackmore is Assistant Professor of Portuguese at the University of Toronto.

Gregory S. Hutcheson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
I Queering Iberia
Saint Pelagius, Ephebe and Martyr 23
"Affined to love the Moor": Sexual Misalliance and Cultural Mixing in the Cantigas d'escarnho e de mal dizer 48
Queer Representation in the Arcipreste de Talavera, or, The Maldezir de mugeres Is a Drag 73
II Iberian Masculinities
"Tanquam effeminatum": Pedro II of Aragon and the Gendering of Heresy in the Albigensian Crusade 107
The Semiotics of Phallic Aggression and Anal Penetration as Male Agonistic Ritual in the Libro de buen amor 130
Male Bonding as Cultural Construction in Alfonso X, Ramon Llull, and Juan Manuel: Homosocial Friendship in Medieval Iberia 157
III Sources of Sodom
The Poets of Sodom 195
Desperately Seeking Sodom: Queerness in the Chronicles of Alvaro de Luna 222
Juan Ruiz's Heterosexual "Good Love" 250
IV Normativity and Nationhood
Fictions of Infection: Diseasing the Sexual Other in Francesc Eiximenis's Lo llibre de les dones 277
"A tierra, puto!": Alfonso de Palencia's Discourse of Effeminacy 291
"Tened por espejo su fin": Mapping Gender and Sex in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Spain 325
V The Body and the State
Dismembering the Body Politic: Vile Bodies and Sexual Underworlds in Celestina 369
From Convent to Battlefield: Cross-Dressing and Gendering the Self in the New World of Imperial Spain 394
Written on the Body: Slave or Hermaphrodite in Sixteenth-Century Spain 420
Index 457
Contributors 475
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