A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Medieval Age (The Cultural Histories Series)

A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Medieval Age (The Cultural Histories Series)

By: Linda Kalof (editor)Paperback

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The Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities of medieval western Europe conceived of the human body in manifold ways. The body was not a fixed or unmalleable mass of flesh, but an entity that changed its character depending on its age, its interactions with its environment, and its diet. For example, a slave would have been marked by her language, her name, her religion, or even by a sign burned onto her skin, not by her color alone. Covering the period from 500 to 1500 and using sources that range across the full spectrum of medieval literary, scientific, medical, and artistic production, this volume explores the rich variety of medieval views of both the real and the metaphorical body. A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Medieval Age presents an overview of the period with essays on the centrality of the human body in birth and death, health and disease, sexuality, beauty and concepts of the ideal, bodies marked by gender, race, class and disease, cultural representations and popular beliefs, and self and society.

About Author

Linda Kalof is Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University, USA and author of Looking at Animals in Human History and series editor of A Cultural History of Animals and A Cultural History of Women.


Illustrations Series Preface Introduction Monica H. Green, Arizona State University, USA 1 Birth and Death Katharine Park, Harvard University, USA 2 Health, Disease, and the Medieval Body Ann G. Carmichael, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA 3 The Sexual Body Ruth Mazo Karras, University of Minnesota, USA and Jacqueline Murray, University of Guelph, Canada 4 The Body Inferred: Knowing the Body through the Dissection of Texts Fernando Salmon, University of Cantabria, Spain 5 Bodies and the Supernatural: Humans, Demons, and Angels Anke Bernau, University of Manchester, UK 6 Beautiful Bodies Montserrat Cabre, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain 7 Bodily Essences: Bodies as Categories of Difference Monica H. Green, Arizona State University, USA 8 The Diversity of Human Kind Monica H. Green, Arizona State University, USA 9 Cultural Representations of the Body Samantha Riches, Lancaster University, UK and Bettina Bildhauer, University of St Andrews, UK 10 Self and Society Sylvia Huot, University of Cambridge, UK Notes Bibliography Contributors Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781472554635
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9781472554635
  • weight: 490
  • ISBN10: 1472554639

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