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Heroic Homosociality and Homophobia in the Helgi Poems

David Clark

in Gender, Violence, and the Past in Edda and Saga

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199654307
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742071 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654307.003.0003
Heroic Homosociality and Homophobia in the Helgi Poems

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This chapter forms part of a pair with Chapter 1, and explores the Helgi poems's perspective on masculinity and homosociality through the character of Helgi Hundingsbani and his namesake Helgi Hjörvarðsson. It also introduces the work of another theoretician of gender and sexuality, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, as another way of bringing contemporary perspectives to bear into dialogue with medieval texts.

Keywords: masculinity; homosociality; gender; sexuality; Sedgwick

Chapter.  7852 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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