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Pasiphae's stroking of the bull's neck eroticizes her agency and constructs her as the subject of desire. Figure 7. Pasiphae embracing the bull. Christine de Pizan's Epistre Othea. British Library MS Harley 4431, fol. n6r. 1406-8. Reprinted by permission of The British Library. Q U E E R I N G O V I D I A N MYTH By contrast, the combination of the image and the 369 lines of narrative in the Rouen manuscript of the Ovide moralise relentlessly presents Pasiphae's desire as grotesquely transgressive (figure 8).
While Alan's mechanical metaphors focus attention on improper objects as receptacles—illicit anvils, infertile earth, resistant wax—their real animus is directed at the result of such copulation, an outcome that is nothing less than nothing. No progeny, no offspring issues from these misaligned unions. The clear and conventional nature of the condemnation of sodomy in Alan's mechanical metaphors contrasts sharply with the dense and unexpected argument against sodomy packed into Alan's grammatical metaphors.
35. " The Second Vatican Mythographer recounts that Pasiphae had sexual relations with Taurus, the notarius of Minos, which led to the birth of twins, one a son of Minos and the other of Taurus, instead of the Minotaur (Mythographi Vaticani I et II, ed. Peter Kulcsar, CCSL no. 91c [Turnhout: Brepols, 1987], 149/126). In his gloss of a reference to Pasiphae at lines 10-12 in the First Satire of Juvenal, William of Conches writes, "Minos had a secretary by the name of Taurus whom Pasiphae loved" ("Minos habebat cancellarium nomine Taurum quern Pasiphae adamavit") (Guillaume de Conches, Glosae in luvenalem, ed.
Queering the Middle Ages by Editors,Steven F. Kruger