Impregnable friendship : locating desire in the middle English 'Amis and Amiloun'
Frager, Elizabeth Joy.
Thesis (M.A.)--Georgetown University, 2010.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. The Middle English romance Amis and Amiloun depicts an exclusive, privileged friendship between two knights, which scholars have long read as part of the tradition of amicitia, or ideal friendship. This thesis examines the relationship between the two knights against the context of medieval male-male relationships, suggesting that their bond should be plotted upon a continuum of relations rather than categorized within a distinct, impermeable category. The poet's manipulation of the institution of friendship allows for the inclusion of sexually-ambiguous details, making the text fertile ground for an exploration of male desire. Positing the homosocial culture of the English Middle Ages as a primary influence in the construction of male identities, a re-reading of the romance's most nuanced moments is offered.
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