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Published: 01 October 2010

224 Pages | 17 Illustrations, black & white, 30 Illustrations, colour

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719080296

Bookseller Code (06)


Sanctity and pornography in medieval culture

On the verge

Bill Burgwinkle and Cary Howie

Published by Manchester University Press

Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture MUP

  • Brings together pre-modern and modern culture, religious and secular material, in an unprecedented way
  • Its central claim is an intentionally shocking one-that saints do for certain audiences what pornographic texts and images do for others-and proceeds from this to treat the complexity of exposure and devotion, surface and skin, across time
  • The book is committed to thinking erotically: not just to describing erotic objects (sacred or profane) but embodying erotic rhythms and modes
  • This book reaches out to critics and amateurs attracted to both sorts of objects-medieval and modern, holy and erotic-in order to demonstrate the ties that continue to bind modern affects, desires, and responses to the past
  • It includes discussion and reproduction of some thirty colour images of martyred saints from 13th to 15th-century manuscripts, and, as such, will be of interest to readers interested in medieval iconography

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