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SEEING SODOMY IN THE MIDDLE AGES. Robert Mills. University of Chicago Press, 2015. 420 pp. with 89 ills. (11 col.). 26 x 19 cm. LC 2014-23239 ISBN 9780226169125 In English.
Publisher's description: During the Middle Ages in Europe, some sexual and gendered behaviors were labeled "sodomitical" or evoked the use of ambiguous phrases such as the "unmentionable vice" or the "sin against nature." How, though, did these categories enter the field of vision? How do you know a sodomite when you see one? In Seeing Sodomy in the Middle Ages, Robert Mills explores the relationship between sodomy and motifs of vision and visibility in medieval culture, on the one hand, and those categories we today call gender and sexuality, on the other. Challenging the view that ideas about sexual and gender dissidence were too confused to congeal into a coherent form in the Middle Ages, Mills demonstrates that sodomy had a rich, multimedia presence in the period--and that a flexible approach to questions of terminology sheds new light on the many forms this presence took.
Indexing: Western, Europe — 300 A.D.-1400 — Several Media
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 161065
Hardcover $55.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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