Medieval Obscenities

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Nicola McDonald
Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 2006 - Art - 210 pages
Obscenity is, if nothing else, controversial. Its definition, consumption and regulation fire debate about the very meaning of art and culture, law, politics and ideology. And it is often, erroneously, assumed to be synonymous with modernity. Medieval Obscenities examines the complex and contentious role of the obscene - what is offensive, indecent or morally repugnant - in medieval culture from late antiquity through to the end of the Middle Ages in western Europe. Its approach is multidisciplinary, its methodologies divergent and it seeks to formulate questions and stimulate debate. The essays examine topics as diverse as Norse defecation taboos, the Anglo-Saxon sexual idiom, sheela-na-gigs, impotence in the church courts, bare ecclesiastical bottoms, rude sounds and dirty words, as well as the modern reception and representation of the medieval obscene. They demonstrate not only the vitality of medieval obscenity, but its centrality to our understanding of the Middle Ages and ourselves. Contributors: MICHAEL CAMILLE, GLENN DAVIS, EMMA DILLON, SIMON GAUNT, JEREMY GOLDBERG, EAMONN KELLY, CAROLYNE LARRINGTON, NICOLA MCDONALD, ALASTAIR MINNIS, DAUNUTA SHANZER
 

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Contents

French Doctors German Homosexuals
17
The Exeter Book Riddles and the Place of Sexual Idiom in Old
39
Representing Obscene Sound
55
Obscene Hermeneutics in Troubadour Lyric
85
Voyeurism and Pornography in Late
105
Irish Sheelanagigs and Related Figures with Reference to the
124
Disgust and the Pagan Past
138
Discourses of Obscenity in Jean de Meun
156
Latin Literature Christianity and Obscenity in the Later Roman
179
Index
203
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