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Fleshly Things and Spiritual Matters

Studies on the Medieval Body in Honour of Margaret Bridges

Editor(s): Nicole Nyffenegger, Katrin Rupp
Contributors: Nicole Nyffenegger, Richard Allan Shoaf, Katharina Berger-Meister, Leslie Dunton-Downer, Guillemette Bolens,

Book Description

This book offers fresh insights into the plethora of medieval bodies and the multiple perspectives that can be assumed in their discussion. The ten essays by internationally renowned scholars and young academics encompass diverse approaches to the body such as the function of gestures, the gendered gaze, the body’s spatial and geographical positioning, the (dis)integrity of the body or the connection between linguistic uses of ‘body’ and physical bodies. While most of the contributions of this collection are in the field of medieval English literature, they underline the value of interdisciplinary approaches which connect them with neighbouring disciplines such as modern literature and arts, history, theology and gender studies.

Contributors: Katharina Berger-Meister, Guillemette Bolens, Leslie Dunton-Downer, Laurie Finke, Angelina Keller, Andy Kelly, Fabienne Michelet, R. Allen Shoaf, Lotta Sigurdsson, and Paul Taylor.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2739-3
ISBN-10: 1-4438-2739-8
Date of Publication: 01/04/2011
Pages / Size: 270 / A5
Price: £39.99


Nicole Nyffenegger is Senior Lecturer in Medieval English Studies at the University of Berne, Switzerland, where she works on her habilitation project on the textuality of human skin. She has published articles on English historiography and on the crusader historiographer William of Tyre.

Katrin Rupp is a chargée de cours at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, where she teaches medieval English language and literature. Her recent publications include two articles on Chaucer’s Miller’s Tale and contributions to the Dictionnaire des Femmes Créatrices.