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Reading Skin in Medieval Literature and Culture

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Skin is a multifarious image in medieval culture: the material basis for forming a sense of self and relation to the world, as well as a powerful literary and visual image. This book explores the presence of skin in medieval literature and culture from a range of literary, religious, aesthetic, historical, medical, and theoretical perspectives.

Reading Skin in Medieval Literature and Culture is a theoretically-informed and thought-provoking collection, and, while its close readings focus primarily on Middle English literature, it has a much broader applicability. On the whole, this is a fascinating collection of essays that is sure to provoke further consideration of the importance of skin its meaning and materiality in the Middle Ages and beyond. (Jessica Barr, Mediaevistik, Vol. 28, 2015)

'Taking as its subject matter what Katie Walter aptly calls 'the dense tissue of associations of skin in medieval culture,' the essays in this excellent volume explore the porousness of body to world, human vulnerability, the jarring effects of touching and being touched, our intimacy with animals and monsters, race and corporeal form, medical and religious discourses of the dermal, and the enfolding of identity and temporality via the corporeal membrane. Well written and cogently argued, Reading Skin in Medieval Literature and Culture offers eight essays and a response piece through which the cultural meanings and blunt material challenges of skin undermine the duality of surface and depth.' - Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Professor of English and Director, GW Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute, George Washington University, USA



Auteur
Isabel Davis; Birkbeck College, University of London, UK Lara Farina; West Virginia University, USA Virgina Langum; Umeå University, Sweden Robert Mills; University College London, UK Julie Orlemanski; Boston College, USA Elizabeth Robertson; University of Glasgow, UK Susan Small; King's University College at the University of Western Ontario, Canada Karl Steel; Brooklyn College of CUNY, USA

Contenu
Introduction; Katie L. Walter 1. Wondrous Skins and Tactile Affection: The Blemmye's Touch; Lara Farina 2. Noli me tangere : The Enigma of Touch in Middle English Religious Literature and Art for and about Women; Elizabeth Robertson 3. Havelok's Bare Life and the Significance of Skin; Robert Mills 4. The Medieval Werewolf Model of Reading Skin; Susan Small 5. Cutaneous Time in the Late Medieval Literary Imagination; Isabel Davis 6. The Form of the Formless: Medieval Taxonomies of Skin, Flesh and the Human; Katie L. Walter 7. Discerning Skin: Complexion, Surgery and Language in Medieval Confession; Virginia Langum 8. Desire and Defacement in The Testament of Cresseid ; Julie Orlemanski 9. Touching Back: Responding to Reading Skin ; Karl Steel

Informations sur le produit

Titre: Reading Skin in Medieval Literature and Culture
Éditeur:
Code EAN: 9781349341771
ISBN: 1349341770
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Palgrave Macmillan US
nombre de pages: 248
Poids: 317g
Taille: H216mm x B140mm x T13mm
Année: 2013
Auflage: 1st ed. 2013

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