© 2004

Troubled Vision: Gender, Sexuality, and Sight in Medieval Text and Image

  • Editors
  • Emma Campbell
  • Robert Mills

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction: Troubled Vision

    1. Emma Campbell, Robert Mills
      Pages 1-14
  3. Troubled Desires

  4. Troubled Looks

  5. Troubled Representations

  6. Troubled Readings

  7. Response

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 233-243

About this book


Troubled Vision is an interdisciplinary collection of essays that explores the interface between gender, sexuality and vision in medieval culture. The volume represents an exciting array of scholarship dealing with visual and textual cultures from the Eleventh to the Fifteenth centuries. Bringing together a range of theoretical approaches that address the troubling effects of vision on medieval texts and images, the book mediates between medieval and modern constructions of gender and sexuality. Troubled Vision focuses thematically on four central themes: Desire, looking, representation and reading. Topics include the gender of the gaze, the visibility of queer desires, troubled representations of gender and sexuality, spectacle and reader response, and the visual troubling of modern critical categories.


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About the authors

EMMA CAMPBELL is a specialist on Old French literature. She has published articles in French Studies and Comparative Literature and is currently completing a doctoral thesis on Old French saints' lives at King's College London. She was winner of the Gapper prize 2002 for the best essay in postgraduate French studies in the British Isles.

ROBERT MILLS is a lecturer in English Literature in the English Department, King's College London and a specialist on late-medieval visual culture. His book Visions of Excess: Pain, Pleasure and the Penal Imaginary in Late-Medieval Art and Culture is forthcoming; he is co-editor, with Bettina Bildhauer, of a collection of essays on The Monstrous Middle Ages, and has published articles on medieval gender and sexuality in journals such as Exemplaria and New Medieval Literatures.

Bibliographic information


"A stimulating and engaging way to consider how vision is deployed - whether as privileged mediator or as deceptive medium - in the construction (and deconstruction) of gender categories." - The Medieval Review

"In Troubled Vision (and particularly in part two, "Troubled Looks," which is in many ways the heart of the volume), Campbell and Mills have provided a stimulating range of approaches to the intersection of vision, gender, and desire in pre-modern culture." - Suzanne Akbari, University of Toronto