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The Resource Monsters, gender and sexuality in medieval English literature, Dana Oswald

Monsters, gender and sexuality in medieval English literature, Dana Oswald

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Monsters, gender and sexuality in medieval English literature
Title
Monsters, gender and sexuality in medieval English literature
Statement of responsibility
Dana Oswald
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Monsters abound in Old and Middle English literature, from Grendel and his mother in Beowulf to those found in medieval romances such as Sir Gowther. Through a close examination of the way in which their bodies are sexed and gendered, and drawing from postmodern theories of gender, identity, and subjectivity, this book interrogates medieval notions of the body and the boundaries of human identity
  • Case studies of Wonders of the East, Beowulf, Mandeville's Travels, the Alliterative Morte Arthure and Sir Gowther reveal a shift in attitudes toward the gendered and sexed body, and thus toward identity, between the two periods: while Old English authors and artists respond to the threat of the gendered, monstrous form by erasing it, Middle English writers allow transgressive and monstrous bodies to transform and therefore integrate into society. This metamorphosis enables redemption for some monsters, while other monstrous bodies become dangerously flexible and invisible, threatening the communities they infiltrate. These changing cultural reactions to monstrous bodies demonstrate the precarious relationship between body and identity in medieval literature
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UKM
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1975-
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Oswald, Dana
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Monsters in literature
  • English literature
  • English literature
  • Human body in literature
  • Gender identity in literature
  • Sexuality
  • Gender Identity
  • Human Body
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Monsters, gender and sexuality in medieval English literature, Dana Oswald
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-220) and index
Contents
Introduction : sex and the single monster -- The indecent bodies of the Wonders of the East -- Dismemberment as erasure : the monstrous body in Beowulf -- Circulation and transformation : the monstrous feminine in Mandeville's travels -- Paternity and monstrosity in the alliterative Morte Arthure and Sir Gowther -- Conclusion : transformation and the trace of the monster
Control code
ocn491913277
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
viii, 227 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9781843842323
Lccn
2011280136
Other physical details
ill.
Label
Monsters, gender and sexuality in medieval English literature, Dana Oswald
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-220) and index
Contents
Introduction : sex and the single monster -- The indecent bodies of the Wonders of the East -- Dismemberment as erasure : the monstrous body in Beowulf -- Circulation and transformation : the monstrous feminine in Mandeville's travels -- Paternity and monstrosity in the alliterative Morte Arthure and Sir Gowther -- Conclusion : transformation and the trace of the monster
Control code
ocn491913277
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
viii, 227 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9781843842323
Lccn
2011280136
Other physical details
ill.

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