Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 3735
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Clark , Robert. L. A.
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  • Title: Queering "Orientalism": The East as Closet in Said, Ackerley, and the Medieval Christian West [The author briefly analyzes a play, "Miracle la fille d'un Roy," based on "Yde et Olive," in which the main character Ysabel assumes a masculine identity and ends up married to the princess of Byzantium before her gender is revealed].
  • Source: Medieval Encounters: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Culture in Confluence and Dialogue 5, 3 ( 1999): Pages 336 - 349.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Cross Dressing in Literature Gender in Literature Homosexuality in Literature Literature- Drama Miracle la Fille d'un Roy, French Miracle Play Orientalism Said, Edward, Author (1935-2003)
  • Geographic Area: France
  • Century: 14
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  • Abstract: The reinscription in Said's "Orientalism" of the divisions and silences of western Orientalist discourse is perhaps nowhere more problematic than in the area of gender, a subject on which Said's work has surprisingly little to say. Further, when Said discusses the work of "homosexual" authors, he keeps the open secret of homoeroticism safely in the closet. This essay proposes a queering of the construct of Orientalism, as it is set forth in Said's work and as it may be seen to function in instances of Orientalist performance where the figure of cross-dressing allows for complex negotiations between the West and an eroticized Eastern Other. [Reproduced by permission of Brill Academic Publishers.]
  • Author's Affiliation: Kansas State University
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  • Year of Publication: 1999.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 13807854
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