12. Sex and Sexuality

  1. Jacqueline Stodnick and
  2. Renée R. Trilling
  1. Carol Braun Pasternack

Published Online: 4 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118328828.ch12

A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies

A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies

How to Cite

Pasternack, C. B. (2012) Sex and Sexuality, in A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies (eds J. Stodnick and R. R. Trilling), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118328828.ch12

Author Information

  1. University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 28 SEP 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330199

Online ISBN: 9781118328828



  • sex and sexuality;
  • “sex” and its effect on Anglo-Saxon interpretation, society and culture;
  • universal sexual differences as part of “the human condition,” assumptions changing;
  • social structures and cultural discourses, into conceptualization of sex itself;
  • important functions of sex, generation/maintenance of “distinct and unified associations”;
  • textual sexual communities, to ideology/practical, and men dominated inheritance patterns;
  • texts in Middle Ages, sexualities as “normal” in understanding shifting interactions of sex


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  • Notes

  • References