Performing Virginity and Testing Chastity in the Middle Ages
By (author) Kathleen Coyne Kelly
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Performing Virginity and Testing Chastity in the Middle Ages by Kathleen Coyne Kelly
Book DescriptionThis book challenges the belief that female virginity can be reliably and unambiguously defined, tested and verified. Kelly analyses a variety of medieval Western European texts - including medical treatises and their Classical antecedents - and historical and legal documents. The main focus is the representation of both male and female virgins in saints' legends and romances. The author also makes a comparative study of examples from contemporary fiction, television and film in which testing virginity is a theme. Performing Virginity and Testing Chastity in the Middle Ages presents a compelling and provocative study of the parodox of bodily and spiritual integrity as both presence and absence.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415221818
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 3-Feb-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Kathleen Coyne Kelly
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Deals with the ways in which mediations between past and present, as registered on the silver screen, queerly undercut assumptions about sexuality throughout time. This book is suitable for scholars of Gender and Sexuality, Cultural and Media Studies, Film Studies and Medieval History.
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