• Karl Steel deposited Logsex in Hell: What a Body Can’t Do in the group Group logo of GS Folklore, Myth, and Fairy TaleGS Folklore, Myth, and Fairy Tale on MLA Commons 2 years ago

    My paper concerns two radically distinct portrayals of genital injury. The first examples, drawn from legal and doctrinal narrative, describe the cultural norm of meaningful castration. The other, which provides my paper with its title, is from Peter of Cornwall’s Book of Revelations. This set of one is an analogous injury that may mean nothing: neither penitential nor quite juridical, it may be just a strange injury, something that just happens. Rather than resolve this quandary, I’ll instead conclude by exploring the ethics of interpreting literary accounts of torment.