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Title: Discourses of masturbation: the (non-)solitary pleasures of the (medieval) text
Authors: Clark, David
First Published: 16-Mar-2016
Citation: Men and Masculinities, 2016, 1097184X16634799
Abstract: As an aspect of medieval sodomy, masturbation is often ignored or dismissed by medievalists. Although its status within medieval discourse on sex and gender is multiple and contested, this article demonstrates that it does have a recurrent cluster of associations, and it offers an important perspective on medieval masculinities and male sexuality. Moreover, far from constituting a meaningless, solitary act in medieval literature, on the contrary, masturbation is both overdetermined and always already relational.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1097184X16634799
ISSN: 1097-184X
eISSN: 1552-6828
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © The Author(s) 2016 Reprints and permissions: Archived on Acceptance for publication with reference to the Publisher's Green Route policy, available at
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