Gender in Medieval Culture

Gender in Medieval Culture

by Michelle M. Sauer


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Gender in Medieval Culture provides a detailed examination of medieval society's views on both gender and sexuality, and shows how they are inextricably linked. Sex roles were clearly defined in the medieval world although there were exceptions to the rules, and this book examines both the commonplace world view and the exceptions to it. The volume looks not only at the social and economic considerations of gender but also the religious and legal implications, arguing that both ecclesiastical and secular laws governed behaviour.

The book covers key topics, including femininity and masculinity and how medieval society constructed these terms; sexuality and sex; transgressive sexualities such as homosexuality, adultery and chastity; and the gendered body of Christ, including the idea of Jesus as mother and affective spirituality. Using a clear chapter structure for easy navigation and categorisation, as well as a glossary of terms, the book will be a vital resource for students of medieval history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441142627
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 09/24/2015
Series: Themes in Medieval History
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Michelle M. Sauer is Professor in the Department of English at the University of North Dakota, USA.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
A Note on Texts
Chapter 1: The Social World: Law, Medicine, & Science
Chapter 2: The Expected Ideal: Marriage & Virginity
Chapter 3: The Unexpected Actuality: 'Deviance' & Transgression
Chapter 4: The Gendered Christ: Sexuality & Religion
Chapter 5: The Political Sphere: Power, Labor, & Economics
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