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

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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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What People Are Saying

Mary Gaylord
In this provocative volume, an impressive collection of scholars…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: 9780822382171
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 7/22/1999
  • Series: Series Q
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

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


Contents

Acknowledgments


Introduction


Hutcheson
Gregory S.


Blackmore
Josiah




I
Queering Iberia

Saint Pelagius, Ephebe and Martyr


Jordan
Mark D.




“Affined to love the Moor”: Sexual Misalliance and Cultural Mixing in the Cantigas d'escarnho e de mal dizer


Liu
Benjamin




Queer Representation in the Arçipreste de Talavera, or, The Maldezir de mugeres Is a Drag


Brown
Catherine





II
Iberian Masculinities

“Tanquam effeminatum”: Pedro II of Aragon and the Gendering of Heresy in the Albigensian Crusade


Lipton
Sara




The Semiotics of Phallic Aggression and Anal Penetration as Male Agonistic Ritual in the Libro de buen amor


Vasvári
Louise O.




Male Bonding as Cultural Construction in Alfonso X, Ramon Llull, and Juan Manuel: Homosocial Friendship in Medieval Iberia


González-Casanovas
Roberto J.





III
Sources of Sodom

The Poets of Sodom


Blackmore
Josiah




Desperately Seeking Sodom: Queerness in the Chronicles of Alvaro de Luna


Hutcheson
Gregory S.




Juan Ruiz's Heterosexual “Good Love”


Eisenberg
Daniel





IV
Normativity and Nationhood

Fictions of Infection: Diseasing the Sexual Other in Francesc Eiximenis's Lo llibre de les dones


Solomon
Michael




“¡A tierra, puto!”: Alfonso de Palencia's Discourse of Effeminacy


Weissberger
Barbara




“Tened por espejo su fin”: Mapping Gender and Sex in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Spain


Brocato
Linde M.





V
The Body and the State

Dismembering the Body Politic: Vile Bodies and Sexual Underworlds in Celestina


Gerli
E. Michael




From Convent to Battlefield: Cross-Dressing and Gendering the Self in the New World of Imperial Spain


Perry
Mary Elizabeth




Written on the Body: Slave or Hermaphrodite in Sixteenth-Century Spain


Burshatin
Israel





Index


Contributors

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