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Author Frantzen, Allen J., 1947-

Title Before the closet : same-sex love from Beowulf to Angels in America / Allen J. Frantzen.

Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1998.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  829.09653 FRANTZE    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 369 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [309]-358) and index.
Contents Introduction: Straightforward -- Pt. 1. Trouser Roles and Transvestites. 1. What's Love Got to Do with It? 2. Kiss and Tell: Anglo-Saxon Tales of Manly Men and Women -- Pt. 2. The Anglo-Saxons. 3. Surveying Same-Sex Relations in the Early Middle Ages. 4. The Sociology of Sex in Anglo-Saxon Laws and Penitentials. 5. The Shadow of Sodom: Same-Sex Relations in Pastoral Prose and Poetry -- Pt. 3. From Angles to Angels. 6. Sex and the Anglo-Saxons from the Norman Conquest to the Renaissance. 7. Alla, Angli, and Angels in America -- Afterword: Me and My Shadows.
Summary Since the publication of John Boswell's Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality, historians have accepted the view that the early Middle Ages tolerated and even fostered same-sex relations and that intolerance of homosexuality developed only late in the medieval period. In this extraordinary study, Allen J. Frantzen challenges this long-held belief, showing that the early medieval Church did not tolerate same-sex acts, and, furthermore, that men and women during this time who preferred homosexual relations pursued their desires in spite of official sanctions. The early medieval period was, Frantzen argues, an age before people recognized the existence - or the possibility - of the "closet."
Subject Kushner, Tony. Angels in America.
English literature -- Old English, ca. 450-1100 -- History and criticism.
Homosexuality and literature -- England -- History.
Anglo-Saxons in literature.
Lesbians in literature.
Gay men in literature.
Love in literature.
ISBN 0226260917 (acid-free paper)