Issue Five: Female Sexualities

We are excited to present this, the fifth issue of Different Visions, devoted to Female Sexualities and guest co-edited by Sherry Lindquist and Mati Meyer. As Sherry states in her introduction, the papers in this issue had their origin in a session devoted to this topic at the 2010 International Medieval Congress at Leeds. It is very exciting to be publishing them now in Different Visions.


Sherry C.M. Lindquist. Introduction: Visualizing Female Sexuality in Medieval CulturesPDFWeb

Sarah Salih, King’s College London: The Trouble with “Female Sexuality”PDFWeb

Mati Meyer, The Open University of Israel: Theologizing or Indulging Desire: Bathers in the Sacra Parallela (Paris, BnF, gr. 923)PDFWeb

Marian Bleeke, Cleveland State University: “Hag of the Castle:” Women, Family, and Community in Later Medieval IrelandPDFWeb

Sarit Shalev-Eyni, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: The Bared Breast in Medieval Ashkenazi Illumination: Cultural Connotations in a Heterogeneous SocietyPDFWeb

Elina Gertsman, Case Western Reserve University: Si grant ardor: Transgression and Transformation in the Pühavaimu AltarpiecePDFWeb

Editor’s Note:

With this issue I will be ending my role as Executive Editor of Different Visions. Founding and managing the journal has been exciting, fulfilling and arduous. It has provided me the opportunity to read and support some of the most cutting-edge and significant art-historical scholarship being produced today. It has also meant working closely with some wonderful authors, guest editors, and Editorial Board members, without whom Different Visions would never have happened.

As I step down in order to pursue some other projects, I do so with regret but also pride in what this journal has become. I am certain that the new Executive Editor, Karen Overbey, will continue to push Different Visions forward for many years to come. Thank you to all the authors, guest editors, Board members, and, especially, readers for a wonderful time.

—Rachel Dressler