Lesbian-Like Women in the Global Middle Ages

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dc.contributor.advisor Phillips, Kim
dc.contributor.advisor Diggelmann, Lindsay
dc.contributor.author Milligan, Grace
dc.date.accessioned 2022-06-30T03:58:01Z
dc.date.available 2022-06-30T03:58:01Z
dc.date.issued 2022 en
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/2292/60244
dc.description Full Text is available to authenticated members of The University of Auckland only. en
dc.description.abstract This thesis is a comparative study of lesbian-like women across three distinct geographical contexts during the late Middle Ages. These contexts are Confucian China, Dar al-Islam, and Latin Christendom. This thesis aims to shine a light on an area of history that is often overlooked, that of the lesbian-like woman, and further compare lesbian-like women of colour to their more prominently studied white counterparts. From here an understanding of what shared experiences lesbian-like women had across three radically different areas can be gleaned. This thesis is divided into three chapters, which examine authoritative sources as well as male- and female-authored texts. The first chapter concludes that despite the varying types of authoritative sources found across the three different contexts they all contribute to a global phallocentric understanding of lesbianism. Regardless of the form of a given authoritative source takes, lesbianism is always framed as phallocentric with the phallic appropriation representing the ultimate transgression a lesbian-like woman commits. The second chapter illustrates that male-authored texts, despite presenting lesbian-like stories, end their tales with intense hetero-sexualization. Lesbian-like behaviour is presented as a strange interlude which eventually ends with a return to normalcy. The third chapter addresses the female perspective through female-authored texts and concludes that female-only spaces became de-facto lesbian-like spaces. Removed from the rigidity of patriarchal expectations these women’s spaces, which they were forced into or praised for entering willingly, gave women a general freedom which allowed for lesbian-like behaviour to be pursued unhindered. Ultimately, this thesis illustrates that lesbian-like women were subjugated like all women across these three distinct cultures but lesbian-like women managed to thrive thanks to a unique apathy for female-female interactions.
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dc.relation.ispartof Masters Thesis - University of Auckland en
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dc.title Lesbian-Like Women in the Global Middle Ages
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.discipline History
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Masters en
dc.date.updated 2022-06-06T05:51:46Z
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