The Boswell Thesis: Essays on Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality

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Mathew Kuefler
University of Chicago Press, 2006 - 348
Few books have had the social, cultural, and scholarly impact of John Boswell's Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality. Arguing that neither the Bible nor the Christian tradition was nearly as hostile to homoeroticism as was generally thought, its initial publication sent shock waves through university classrooms, gay communities, and religious congregations. Twenty-five years later, the aftershocks still reverberate. The Boswell Thesis brings together fifteen leading scholars at the intersection of religious and sexuality studies to comment on this book's immense impact, the endless debates it generated, and the many contributions it has made to our culture.

The essays in this magnificent volume examine a variety of aspects of Boswell's interpretation of events in the development of sexuality from Classical Antiquity through the Middle Ages, including a Roman emperor's love letters to another man; suspicions of sodomy among medieval monks, knights, and crusaders; and the gender-bending visions of Christian saints and mystics. Also included are discussions of Boswell's career, including his influence among gay and lesbian Christians and his role in academic debates between essentialists and social constructionists.

Elegant and thought-provoking, this collection provides a fitting twenty-fifth anniversary tribute to the incalculable influence of Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality and its author.

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The Boswell Thesis
1
Impact
33
John Boswells Gay Science Prolegomenon to a ReReading
35
Touching on the Past
57
Reading CSTH as a Call to Action Boswell and GayAffirming Movements in American Christianity
74
Both as a Christian and as a Historian On Boswells Ministry
88
Debates
109
Fronto + Marcus Love Friendship Letters
111
Male Friendship and the Suspicion of Sodomy in TwelfthCentury France
179
Innovations
213
Impossible Translation Antony and Paul the Simple in the Historia Monachorum
215
Beauty and Passion in Tenthcentury Cõrdoba
236
Sexual Mutilation and Castration Anxiety A Medieval Perspective
254
Knighthood Compulsory Heterosexuality and Sodomy
273
The Body of Gerardesca of Pisa Reclothed and Resexed
287
Francis of Assisi as Mother Father and Androgynous Figure
301

Heterosexism and the Interpretation of Romans 11832
130
My Sister My Spouse WomanIdentified Women in Medieval Christianity
152
R W Southern John Boswell and the Sexuality of Anselm
167
List of Contributors
333
Index
337
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Mathew Kuefler is associate professor of history at San Diego State University. He is the author of The Manly Eunuch: Masculinity, Gender Ambiguity, and Christian Ideology in Late Antiquity and editor of the Journal of the History of Sexuality.



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