Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 7431
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Ricco , John Paul.
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  • Title: Queering Boundaries: Semen and Visual Representations from the Middle Ages and in the Era of the AIDS Crisis [analysis of the sexuality expressed in a carved corbel that represents two men tugging on each other's beards; comparison with recent paintings by Ridgeway Bennett].
  • Source:   Edited by Whitney DavisJournal of Homosexuality 27, 40180 ( 1994): Pages 57 - 80. Published simultaneously in Gay and Lesbian Studies in Art History. Edited by Whitney Davis. Haworth Press, 1994. 57-80
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Art History- Painting Art History- Sculpture Body Homosexuality in Art La Sauve Majeure, Gironde, France- Monastery- Carved Corbel Masturbation Semen
  • Geographic Area: British Isles;France
  • Century: 12, 20
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  • Primary Evidence: Sculpture; New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cloisters Collection, carved limestone corbel. Originally at the monastery in La Sauve Majeure.
  • Illustrations: Five Figures. Corbel from La Sauvre Majeure. Entwined figure on the cover of Inside/Out: Lesbian Theories, Gay Theories published by Routledge. "CUM" by Ridgeway Bennett, a painting of semen, vinyl on wooden strecher. "Infected" by Ridgeway Bennett, a painting of blood and liquid-plastic vinyl on wooden strecher.
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  • Abstract: In this essay I address some of the ways in which certain images, which share visual and verbal vocabularies of body fluids, visualize male-male sexual identities and body practices. Through the articulation of these terms, and most especially semen, body boundaries are at once delineated and transgressed. The differential relatedness of these images from the Middle Ages and the late 1980s and 1990s is underlined by the ways they subvert contemporary conventions of visual representation while always remaining accessible. It is this efficacy which allows me to link these representations, and which I attempt to articulate. To put this in other terms, I am interested in the ways in which boundaries of the body prove themselves fluid, as fluids of the body cross body-boundaries. [Reproduced by permission of the Haworth Press.]
  • Author's Affiliation: University of Chicago
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  • Year of Publication: 1994.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00918369
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