Virgin Envy sets out to reconceive the ways we relate to virginity as a cultural construct. Who is a virgin? How do we lose our virginities? What if we regret our "first time"? Contributors to Virgin Envy examine everything from medieval romance to Bollywood films to True Blood and Twilight, to destabilize the many "certainties" about sexual purity. In particular, the hymen is called into question. How is virginity determined for those without a hymen? How do we account for the ways in which the "geography of the hymen" has changed over the course of history? And what about male and queer virginity? Issues of commodification, postcoloniality, and religious diversity are also addressed.
Acknowledgements Introduction: "Our Tantalizing Double": Envious Virgins, Envying Virgins, Virgin Envy — Jonathan A. Allan, Cristina Santos, and Adriana Spahr Part 1: Too Much Pain for Such a Little Reward 1. "I will cut myself and smear blood on the sheet": Testing Virginity in Medieval and Modern Romance — Amy Burge 2. Between Pleasure and Pain: The Textual Politics of the Hymen — Jodi McAlister Part 2: Blood, Blood, Blood...and More Blood 3. The Politics of Virginity and Abstinence in the Twilight Saga — Jonathan A. Allan and Cristina Santos 4. Lady of Perpetual Virginity: Jessica's Presence in True Blood — Janice Zehentbauer and Cristina Santos Part 3: Men Be Virgins Too: Queering Virginity 5. The Queer Saint: Male Virginity in Derek Jarman's Sebastiane Kevin McGuinness 6. Troping Boyishness, Effeminacy and Masculine Queer Virginity: Abdella Taïa and Eyet-Chékib Djaziri Gibson Ncube Part 4: F*ck: They Entrapped Us in Social Issues and Politics 7. Bollywood Virgins: Diachronic Flirtations With Indian Womanhood Asma Sayed 8. The Policing of Viragos and Other 'Fuckable' Bodies: The Politics of Virginity in Latin American Women's Testimony — Tracy Crowe Morey and Adriana Spahr About the Contributors Index