Sexuality in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age : New Approaches to a Fundamental Cultural-Historical and Literary-Anthropological Theme

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The studies in this volume explore the phenomenon of sexuality in a variety of medieval and early-modern literatures, including Old English texts, Middle-High German narratives, medieval Spanish and early-modern French literature, and also eighteenth-century English novels. Art historians, historians, and social historians contribute as much as researchers of the history of mentality and religion. The problem with sexuality within the medieval Church finds extensive consideration, and so the fundamental debate among modern sociologists and anthropoligists regarding the evaluation of sexuality, shame, and ethical norms as indicators of the process of civilization (or its myth).

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"Dem Herausgeber ist es gelungen, eine internationale Autorenschar mit unterschiedlichem fachlichen Hintergrund zu versammeln. Das Ergebnis ist ein stattlicher 900-Seiten-Band, der ein ebenso facettenreiches wie profundes Bild von unterschiedlichen (überwiegend diskursiven) Aspekten mittelalterlicher und frühneuzeitlicher Sexualität liefert."Ortrun Riha in: Das Mittelalter 15/2010 "Sexualitiy in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times delivers a number of perspectives on medieval sexuality in a lot of space. [...] It could very likely, for its breadth and insight, become a centerpiece for anumber of dissertations."Patrick Brugh in: Focus on German Studies 16/2009
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Albrecht Classen, University of Arizona, Tucson,USA.

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