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In Pornographic Archaeology: Medicine, Medievalism, and the Invention of the French Nation, Zrinka Stahuljak explores the connections and fissures between the history of sexuality, nineteenth-century views of the Middle Ages, and the conceptualization of modern France. This cultural history uncovers the determinant role that the sexuality of the Middle Ages played in nineteenth-century French identity.

Stahuljak's provocative study of sex, blood, race, and love in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century medical and historical literature demonstrates how French medicine's obsession with the medieval past helped to define European sexuality, race, public health policy, marriage, family, and the conceptualization of the Middle Ages. Stahuljak reveals the connections between the medieval military order of the Templars and the 1830 colonization of Algeria, between a fifteenth-century French marshal and the development of Richard von Krafft-Ebing's theory of sadism, between courtly love and the 1884 law on divorce. Although the developing discipline of medieval studies eventually rejected the influence of these medical philologists, the convergence of medievalism and medicine shaped modern capitalist French society and established a vision of the Middle Ages that survives today.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Note on Translations
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction: Sex and Nation
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Part I. Sex and Blood
  2. p. 23
  1. 1. “Pathologic Archaeology”: An Introduction
  2. pp. 25-45
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  1. 2. “Pathologic Genealogy”: Biological Heredity and Medieval Kinship
  2. pp. 46-68
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  1. Part II. Sex and Race
  2. p. 69
  1. 3. Symbolic Archaeology: Sex in the Colonies
  2. pp. 71-98
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  1. 4. Gilles and Joan, Criminal and Genius: Medical Fictions and the Regeneration of the French Race
  2. pp. 99-127
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  1. Part III. Sex and Love
  2. p. 129
  1. 5. “Pornographic Archaeology”: An histoire des mœurs
  2. pp. 131-162
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  1. 6. Courtly Love, Courtly Marriage, and Republican Divorce
  2. pp. 163-187
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  1. Epilogue: From Pornography to Archaeology: Priapus at the Cluny Museum
  2. pp. 188-198
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 199-297
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 299-326
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 327-335
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 337-338
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780812207316
Related ISBN
9780812244472
MARC Record
OCLC
822017761
Pages
368
Launched on MUSE
2012-11-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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