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Overview

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, NICOLAMCDONALD, ALASTAIR MINNIS, DANUTA SHANZER

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781903153505
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 02/20/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 218
Sales rank: 909,758
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction - Nicola F Mc Donald
Dr Witkowski's Anus: French Doctors, German Homosexuals and the Obscene in Medieval Church Art - Michael Camille
The Exeter Book Riddles and the Place of Sexual Idiom in Old English Literature - Glenn Davis
Representing Obscene Sound - Emma Dillon
Obscene Hermeneutics in Troubadour Lyric - Simon Gaunt
John Skathelok's Dick: Voyeurism and "Pornography" in Late Medieval England - P J P Goldberg
Irish Sheella-na-gigs and Related Figures with Reference to the Collections of the National Museum of Ireland - Eamonn Kelly
Diet, Defecation and the Devil: Disgust and the Pagan Past - Carolyne Larrington
From Coilles to Bel Chose: Discourses of Obscenity in Jean de Meun and Chaucer - Alastair J Minnis
Latin Literature, Christianity and Obscenity in the Later Roman West - Danuta Shanzer

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