Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 17906
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Campbell , Emma
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  • Title: Sacrificial Spectacle and Interpassive Vision in the Anglo-Norman Life of Saint Faith [This chapter explores what I term, after Žižek, ‘interpassive vision’ in medieval French saints’ lives. The claim that hagiographic narratives are vehicles for male voyeurism achieved some currency in feminist scholarship of the 80s; this chapter deploys the notion of interpassive vision as a means of complicating such claims, reassessing the way these critics characterise gender and sexual desire and suggesting alternative approaches to the relationship between vision and reader response in medieval texts. Summary provided by the author.]
  • Source: Troubled Vision: Gender, Sexuality, and Sight in Medieval Text and Image.  Edited by Emma Campbell and Robert Mills.  Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.  Pages 97 - 115.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Anglo- Norman Literature Foy, Martyr, Saint Hagiography Literature- Verse Martyrs in Literature Sight Simon of Walsingham, Hagiographer- Vie de Sainte Foy Women in Religion
  • Geographic Area: British Isles;France
  • Century: 13
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  • Abstract: Focusing on the Anglo-Norman Life of St. Faith, this chapter explores how what Campbell terms (after Zizek) "interpassive vision" might be used to theorize modes of response to saints' lives. This notion of interpassive vision is deployed as a means of complicating the claim that these narratives are vehicles for male voyeurism. [(c) Emma Campbell and Robert Mills. Reprinted with permission of Palgrave Macmillan.]
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  • Year of Publication: 2004.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 1403963436
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