Exploring the relation between sexuality and cosmology in a variety of literary texts from the tenth to the sixteenth centuries, the essays reveal that medieval authors, whether lay or religious, Christian or Jewish, were grappling with the same sets of questions about sexuality as people are today.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction: Narrating Sexuality, Sociality and Cosmology in Medieval Text; Jennifer N. Brown and Marla Segol 2. Whore as Imago Dei in Hrotzvit's Life of Thais; Helene Scheck 3. Alan of Lille on the Little Bits that Make a Difference; Valerie Allen 4. Queer Zohar: Instructions for Reading; Marla Segol 5. Illusions of Love: Phantasmatic Desire and the Woman-Who-Never-Was in the Libro de buen amor; 6. The Double Binds of Chivalric Sexuality in the Late-Medieval English Romance; Ilan Mitchell-Smith 7. Climactic Spirituality: Mystic Self-Blazoning and Female Agency; Michelle Sauer 8. Cosmology, Sexuality and Music in Robert Henryson's Orpheus and Eurydice; Jennifer N. Brown 9. 'Cresseid's Dignity: Cosmology and Sexuality in Henryson's Testament'; Holly Crocker