Meyer suggests that gazing at images of the desirable female body portrayed in illuminated manuscripts might have invoked an amalgam of sexual desire and fears of emasculation in a presumed, otherwise unknown male readership, resulting in a mixed emotional response—pleasure coupled with shame and fear. This emotionally distressing experience, in its turn, probably entailed a feeling of anger, which led to a gendered ‘barbarism’—erasure, rubbing, and scrapping—that defaced the images in question. She suggests that these erasures reflect ingrained societal Byzantine notions that associated women with a disruptive and unsettling erotic power that was a threat to manliness and the consequential need to maintain the gender-hierarchical order.
|Title of host publication||New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture|
|Number of pages||35|
|State||Published - 2019|
|Name||New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture|
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- Damnatio Memoriae
- Hierarchical Gender Order
- John Chrysostom