1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Sexuality in Byzantium

Edited By Mati Meyer, Charis Messis Copyright 2024
    548 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This Handbook is the first to consider the interrelated subjects of gender and sexuality in the Eastern Roman Empire from an interdisciplinary perspective. Drawing on both modern theories and Byzantine perceptions, and considering multiple periods and religions (Eastern Orthodox, Islamic, and Jewish), it provides evidentiary textual and visual material support for an analysis of the two linked themes.

    Broadly, the essays demonstrate that gender and sexual constructs in Byzantium were porous. As a result, they expand our knowledge of not only how sex and gender were conceived and performed but also how ideas and practices shaped Byzantine life.

    The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Sexuality in Byzantium will be an indispensable guide for students and scholars of late antique and Byzantine religion, history, culture, and art, who will find it a useful critical survey of current scholarship and one that shines new light in their areas of research. The focus on issues of gender and sexuality may also be of interest to individuals concerned with Eastern Mediterranean culture, as well as to the broader public.

    Chapter 21 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

    Foreword: An Octogenarian Welcome

    Judith Herrin


    An Introduction: Gender and Sex(uality) in Byzantium?

    Mati Meyer and Charis Messis


    Part I.              Gendering Thinking


    Chapter 1        Framing Gender I: Scientific and Religious Discourses

    Charis Messis


    Chapter 2        Framing Gender II: Paradigms of Social Gender

    Lynda Garland


    Chapter 3        Reading Gender Variance

    Roland Betancourt


    Part II.            Practicing Gender and Sexuality


    Chapter 4        Section Intro: Contextualizing Gender in Byzantine Society and Politics

    Leonora Neville


    Chapter 5        Practices of Religious and Social Constructions of Gender

    Damien Casey and Bronwen Neils


    Chapter 6       Childhood and Gender

    Béatrice Caseau


    Chapter 7        Women and Trade from the Ninth to the Fifteenth Century: Some Remarks

    Maria Gerolymatou


    Chapter 8      Materiality Gendered

    Brigitte Pitarakis


    Chapter 9        Gendering Cooking: The Case of Mageiros

    Ilias Anagnostakis and Maria Leontsini


    Chapter 10      Gender, Sexuality and Marriage in Late Byzantium

    Patrick Viscuso


    Chapter 11      Gender and Extramarital Sexuality: Adultery, Fornication, Prostitution

    Eleftheria Papagianni


    Chapter 12      Gender and Transgressive Sexuality: The Case of Homosexual Practices

    Charis Messis


    Chapter 13      Gender and the Perception of the Ethnic ‘Other’

    Anthony Kaldellis


    Chapter 14      Judaism and Byzantium

    Joshua David Holo


    Part III.           Performing Gender and Sexuality


    Chapter 15      Section Intro: Configurations of Gender: Femininity, Masculinity, Sexuality, Same-Sex Love in Text and Visual Arts

    Leslie Brubaker


    Chapter 16       Fleshing Out the Sexed and Gendered Body in Art

    Mati Meyer and Lora Ellen Webb


    Chapter 17       Resurrected, Blessed, or Damned: The End of Time – Texts and Material Culture/Visual Art

    Eirini Afentoulidou


    Chapter 18      Gender (and Sexuality) in Byzantine Literature

    Stratis Papaioannou


    Chapter 19      Centaurs at the Wedding: The Desiring Gaze and Visuality

    Diliana Angelova


    Chapter 20      Gender in the Visual Culture of the Early and Middle Byzantine Imperial Court

    Alicia Walker


    Chapter 21      Negotiating Gender Identity through the Visual Arts

    Maria Parani


    Chapter 22      Gender and Fashion

    Bente Kiilerich


    Chapter 23      Gendered Emotions in Byzantine Narrative Literature

    Stavroula Constantinou


    Chapter 24      Gendering Emotion in Art

    Henry Maguire


    Chapter 25      Singing and Performing Gender in the Sacred Space: Music and Theatre

    Przemysław Marciniak and Andrew Walker White


    Redefining Gender in Byzantium: Future Directions of Research

    Liz James


    Mati Meyer received her PhD from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is a faculty member at the Open University of Israel. She has published extensively in articles and a monograph and co‑edited books on women, realia, emotions, corporeality, gender and sexuality, and biblical reception in Byzantine art, including Emotions and Gender in Byzantine Culture, edited by Mati Meyer and Stavroula Constantinou (2018) and Between Judaism and Christianity: Art‑Historical Essays in Honor of Elisheva (Elisabeth) Revel Neher, edited by Katrin Kogman‑Appel and Mati Meyer (2009).

    Charis Messis holds a PhD in Byzantine Studies from Écoles des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and a habilitation from the Sorbonne University. He is now teaching Byzantine Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. His research interests concern Byzantine history and literature, especially the history of gender, along with other social and anthropological aspects of the Byzantine world. He is author and co-editor of several books and articles, including Storytelling in Byzantium: Narratological Approaches to Byzantine Texts and Images, edited by C. Messis, M. Mullett, and I. Nilsson (2018).