Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 5541
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Smartt , Daniel.
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  • Title: Cruising Twelfth-Century Pilgrims [analysis of the sexual elements found in the Moissac "Luxuria" and a miracle story involving male pilgrims].
  • Source:   Edited by Whitney DavisJournal of Homosexuality 27, 40180 ( 1994): Pages 35 - 55. Published simultaneously in Gay and Lesbian Studies in Art History. Edited by Whitney Davis. Haworth Press, 1994. 35-55
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Art History- Sculpture Gender Homosexuality Liber Sancti Iacobi, Liturgical Book Miracles Moissac, Tarn-et-Garonne, France- Abbey Church of Saint Pierre- Portal- Luxuria Pilgrimage Sexuality Sins in Art Women in Art
  • Geographic Area: France
  • Century: 12
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  • Primary Evidence: Sculpture; Moissac, Church of Saint Pierre, left wall of portal, Luxuria, the sin of unchastity. The scene depicts a naked woman with snakes biting her breasts and a toad attacking her genitals. A devil stands next to her.
  • Illustrations: Four figures. A close-up photograph and drawing of Luxuria. The left-hand wall of the portal in which Luxuria is located. The portal tympanum with Christ in majesty.
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  • Abstract: When taken together, the Moissac "Luxuria," a miracle story from the "Book of St. James," and the twelfth-century pilgrims who experienced them seem to show that sexual energy and an instability of gender characterized certain encounters among male pilgrims. I believe that this influenced what people saw when they looked at the "Luxuria," and I try to situate this thesis in the context of Lesbian and Gay Studies. At the outset I adopt a "performative" view of homosexual relationships, and I close by relating the word "cruising" to the structural homology between myself and the people I study. [Reproduced by permission of the Haworth Press.]
  • Author's Affiliation: Swarthmore College
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  • Year of Publication: 1994.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00918369
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