The Lesbian Premodern: A Historical and Literary Dialogue by N. GiffneyThe Lesbian Premodern: A Historical and Literary Dialogue by N. Giffney

The Lesbian Premodern: A Historical and Literary Dialogue

EditorN. Giffney, M. Sauer, P D Watt

Hardcover | January 11, 2011

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When has using the term “lesbian” not been considered an anachronistic gesture? This question lies at the heart of this important new collection of essays. The Lesbian Premodern engages key scholars in lesbian studies and queer theory in an innovative conversation in print. Transgressing traditional period boundaries, The Lesbian Premodern scholars to pay full attention to significant and often overlooked theoretical, empirical, and textual work on female same-sex desire and identity in premodern cultures. This provocative book offers a radical new methodology for writing theories and histories of sexuality.

Noreen Giffney trained in the field of medieval history before specializing in gender, sexuality and psychoanalysis. Michelle M. Sauer is an Associate Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of North Dakota. Diane Watt is a Professor of English Literature at Aberystwyth University.
Title:The Lesbian Premodern: A Historical and Literary DialogueFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pagesPublished:January 11, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230616763

ISBN - 13:9780230616769


Editorial Reviews

"The editors of The Lesbian Premodern have gathered here the work of some of the most prominent and accomplished scholars of pre- and early modern female sexualities. In the brilliantly conceived and executed latter part of the book they bring provocative scholars of later periods into conversation with this medieval and early modern scholarship. The result is a dynamic interrogation of fundamental concepts, demonstrating vividly how this pre- and early modern material impacts the entire field."--Carolyn Dinshaw, New York University"It has been the case for some time now that the most rigorous and mind-bending queer scholarship focuses on medieval and early modern sexualities. This collection represents what is best in this work, and clears the way for an open-ended conversation across periods. Prepare to be schooled in the pleasures of anachronism."--Heather Love, University of Pennsylvania"The Lesbian Premodern’s editors have collected a rich and flexible set of texts that speak to and out of myriad sources to discover sites where same-sex desire might be discerned in small gaps in the history of the inaudible . . . The Lesbian Premodern’s daring derives from its editors’ purposeful gathering of texts that tangle temporalities to make a nonmodern lesbian—italics and quotation mark free—typographically possible."-- Michèle Aina Barale, Amherst College"The Lesbian Premodern is a stunning achievement in laying the groundwork for a long overdue transhistorical sexuality studies, one that does not assume simplistic diachronicities between the past and present, but which instead tracks and problematizes the complex and untimely traffic between ‘Then’ and ‘Now’ . . . . What emerges is a potent and unprecedented framework for the writing of new lesbian histories and theories, as well as the forging of new relational virtualities between scholars who might otherwise never ‘hook up’."--Eileen A. Joy, editor of postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies and Lead Ingenitor, BABEL Working Group