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Between Medieval Men: Male Friendship and Desire in Early Medieval English Literature

David Clark


This book argues for the importance of synoptically examining the whole range of same‐sex relations in the Anglo‐Saxon period, revisiting well‐known texts and issues (as well as material often considered marginal) from a radically different perspective. The introductory chapters first lay out the premises underlying the book and its critical context, then emphasise the need to avoid modern cultural assumptions about both male‐female and male‐male relationships, and underline the paramount place of homosocial bonds in Old English literature. Part II then investigates the construction of and at ... More

Keywords: same‐sex, homosocial, gender, sexuality, Old English, Anglo‐Saxon, medieval, heterosexism, intimacy, Beowulf

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199558155
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558155.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Clark, author
Lecturer in Old English, University of Leicester
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