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Homoeroticism and Chivalry

Discourses of Male Same-Sex Desire in the Fourteenth Century

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Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Articulating Premodern Male Homoeroticism

    1. Richard E. Zeikowitz
      Pages 1-15
  3. Affirmations of Male Same-Sex Desire

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-25
    2. Richard E. Zeikowitz
      Pages 27-43
    3. Richard E. Zeikowitz
      Pages 45-66
    4. Richard E. Zeikowitz
      Pages 67-83
    5. Richard E. Zeikowitz
      Pages 85-99
  4. Denigrations of Male Same-Sex Desire

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-106
    2. Richard E. Zeikowitz
      Pages 107-129
    3. Richard E. Zeikowitz
      Pages 151-153
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 155-216

About this book


Zeikowitz explores both affirming and denigrating discourses of male same-sex desire in diverse fourteenth-century chivalric texts and describes the sociopolitical forces motivating those discourses. He attempts to dethrone traditional heteronormative views by drawing attention to culturally normative 'queer' desire. Zeikowitz articulates possible homoeroticized spectatorial interactions between male readers and imagined or actual model knights, dramatized accounts of same-sex unions, and mutually stimulating - or competing - forces of homosocial and heterosexual desire in chivalric texts, such as Charny's Book of Chivalry , Sir Gawain and the Green Knight , and Troilus and Criseyde . He also examines how intimate male bonds are rendered sodomitically-inflected, dangerous attachments in chronicle narratives of the reigns of Edward II and Richard II.


discourse drama drawing eros growth interaction Medieval Literature medieval texts Middle Ages model politics premodern present Queer Studies tradition

About the authors

RICHARD E. ZEIKOWITZ is Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Alabama.

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