Crossing Borders [Hardback]

Sahar Amer (Author)

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ISBN: 9780812240870 | Published by: Pennsylvania University Press | Year of Publication: 2008 | Language: English 252p,

Crossing Borders


This ambitious study looks at the interaction between Arabic and French medieval writing and specifically their representation of gender, and female homo-eroticism. Whilst lesbianism is documented within medieval Arab society, and Arabic literature is reasonably open in its discussion of eroticism, this is certainly not the case for the medieval west. Silence was the overwhelming attitude of the church towards lesbianism, it was not even condemned in the same harsh terms as sodomy, and despite efforts over the last fifteen years, research into medieval western lesbianism remains extraordinarily tricky through an almost total lack of evidence. Sahar Amer contends, however, that by taking a comparative intertextual approach, and by examining French engagement with Arabic literary traditions hitherto unrecognised traces of cross-cultural exchange and engagement with the idea of same-sex love can be discerned.

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