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Tirant lo Blanc(h): masculinities, phallosocial desire, and triangular constellations




Macías, Francisco, author
Hentschell, Roze, advisor
Brinks, Ellen, committee member
Valerio-Holguín, Fernando, committee member

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The introduction of this thesis provides a revised survey that examines the analysis of Tirant scholars to date, including evaluations of its sources and influences, theories concerning its circulation, its autobiographical aspects, and its genre, among other approaches to literary criticism. It draws attention to points of contention and highlights and rectifies those that have been overlooked or that have remained undisputed. "Chapter One: Queer Heterosexualities in the Tirant: Straight until Proven 'Other'" addresses the issue of masculinities in the clergy, the chivalry, and the monarchy by mapping models of masculinity--conventional and competing--within a phallosocial context. And "Chapter Two: Bizarre Love Triangles in the Tirant: Consummation of Phallosocial Desire" traces phallosocial desire by analyzing the processes that lead to a symbolic consummation of same-sex relations by means of erotic triangles within a (mandatory) heterosexuality, where women become the (required) vessel by which phallosocial desire is reified and brought to a culmination within the established patriarchal paradigm of compulsory heterosexuality.


2011 Fall.
Includes bibliographical references.

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homosocial desire
queering middle ages
Tirant lo Blanc


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