• Logsex in Hell: What a Body Can't Do

    Author(s):
    Karl Steel (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Group(s):
    CLCS Medieval, GS Folklore, Myth, and Fairy Tale, GS Speculative Fiction, TC Women’s and Gender Studies
    Subject(s):
    Medieval literature, Queer theory
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    The Body Unbound: Literary Approaches to the Classical Corpus
    Conf. Org.:
    Brooklyn College Classics Department and the Wolfe Institute
    Conf. Loc.:
    Brooklyn College
    Conf. Date:
    Oct 7-8, 2016
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6FS50
    Abstract:
    My paper concerns two radically distinct portrayals of genital injury. The first examples, drawn from legal and doctrinal narrative, describe the cultural norm of meaningful castration. The other, which provides my paper with its title, is from Peter of Cornwall’s Book of Revelations. This set of one is an analogous injury that may mean nothing: neither penitential nor quite juridical, it may be just a strange injury, something that just happens. Rather than resolve this quandary, I’ll instead conclude by exploring the ethics of interpreting literary accounts of torment.
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    Published
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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