Staging Encounters: The Touch of the Medieval Other
Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies
Shuttling back and forth from medieval to modern texts, this essay proposes an alternative vision of temporality and, in doing so, offers a glimpse into a queer (or non-normative) temporality. The purpose of this temporal travel is to reveal the systems deployed in constructing an outcast, a thing of hate and derision. This essay discusses a select number of medieval texts as the starting point for reflecting on the process involved in inventing a temporal outcast.
The conversation about normative temporality mostly builds from The Passion of the Christ, which in this essay represents the end point in meditating on the making of a fantastical Other who materializes from fantasy as a thing outside time and humanity.
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Krummel, Miriamne Ara, "Staging Encounters: The Touch of the Medieval Other" (2016). English Faculty Publications. 84.