New Queer Medievalisms

Series introduction

New Queer Medievalisms explores new directions in the study of gay, lesbian, transgender, intersex, and asexual medieval identities and, simultaneously, will expand the work of the queer Middle Ages beyond early English or continental studies. As Annemarie Jagose points out, “Queer […] exemplifies a more mediated relation to categories of identification.” Touching on other forms of identity, Jagose’s definition of queer demonstrates how binaries which involve gender, sexuality, and culture often fail to account for a full range of experiences. Medievalists have done important work with queer in this way, and this series expands on the work done by some of these theorists. Almost every area of Medieval Studies (history, religion, philosophy) has a dedicated group of scholars interrogating the connections between medieval topics and Queer Studies. This series will provide these scholars with a new venue dedicated to their work but also bring various scholarly and geographic areas into conversation.

Keywords: Queer, gender, medieval, medievalism, transgender, sexuality, religion, history.

Geographical Scope: Global

Chronological Scope: 400-1500 CE

Series editors and Advisory board

To submit a proposal or completed manuscript to be considered for publication by Medieval Institute Publications or to learn more about New Queer Medievalisms, please contact Ilse Schweitzer Van Donkelaar, acquisitions editor for the series.

In addition, the series' Advisory Board comprises:

  • Christopher Roman, Kent State University, Series Editor
  • Will Rogers, University of Louisiana at Monroe, Series Editor
  • Michelle Sauer, University of North Dakota
  • Anna Klosowska, Miami University
  • Gabrielle Bychowski, Case Western Reserve University
  • Bill Burgwinkle, King's College, Cambridge

Forthcoming in this series

Cover image of Medieval Futurity: Queering Time and Space: A manuscript image of two men embracing, one with lower body made up of a golden plant, the other with lower body made up of a blue scaled devil. Medieval Futurity: Queering Time and Space

Edited by Will Rogers and Christopher Michael Roman

This collection of essays asks what medieval queers would have looked like and how they may have existed on the margins and borders of dominant, normative sexuality and desire. The contributors work with recent trends in queer medieval studies, moving away from imposing modern concepts of sexuality and desire onto the Middle Ages, and instead mapping the queer configurations of eroticism, desire, and materiality as they might have existed for medieval audiences.






Queering the Muse: Postmodern Medieval Poetry

Edited by David Hadbawnik

The poets under consideration in this volume demand that readers grapple with the ways in which we are still “medieval” – in other words, the ways in which the questions posed by their medieval source material still reverberate and hold relevance for today’s world. They do so by challenging the primacy of present over past, toppling the categories of old and new, and suggesting new interpretive frameworks for contemporary and medieval poetry alike -- in short, by “queering” our poetic past.

Sadomasochistic Beowulf: Psychic and Somatic Dispersal in Old English Literature

By Christopher Vaccaro

Sadomasochistic Beowulf applies gender/queer theory to the study of Old English literature, advancing the knowledge of both fields. Its arguments are formulated through the works of Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Roland Barthes, Judith Butler, Leo Bersani, Georges Bataille, and others. The book covers a range of Old English texts from heroic verse narratives to the prose texts of devotional and penitential anthologies and relates these to the poem Beowulf.