“For You are a Man and She is a Maid”: Gender and the East

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


That gender matters in romance is self-evident. The construction of complementary and antithetical gender roles upholds the heteronormative framework on which the romance genre is predicated: it is the opposition of normative gender identities of masculinity and femininity that facilitates the romantic relationship. However, these gender identities become less certain, less clearly defined when they are collocated with Eastern ethnic or religious identity. The gender blurring, or queering, that can occur in an Orientalized space disrupts the linear logic of gender, suggesting the possibility of gender identification that is more subversive and more troubling to the romantic structures of heteronormativity.


Gender Identity Alpha Masculinity Gender Performance Verbal Testimony Medieval Romance 
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