Bodies and Disciplines
Intersections of Literature and History in Fifteenth-century England
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Bodies and Disciplines by Barbara A. Hanawalt
Book DescriptionCentered on practices of the body - human bodies, the "body politic", this book considers a fascinating and largely uncanonical group of texts, as well as public dramas, rituals, and spectacles, from multidisciplinary perspectives. These essays consider the way the human body is subjected to educational discipline, to corporate celebration, and to the production of gendered identity through the experiences of marriage and childbirth. Among the topics explored are the "theatrics of punishment", including legal mutilation; the representation of the body of Christ as social ritual; adolescent misbehaviour and its treatment; and conflicting ecclesiastical and lay models of sexual behaviour. The contributors also trace the definition of "poor", "foreign", and "dissident" bodies, examining private and public issues surrounding social identities. The result is a volume that incorporates insights from history, literature, medieval studies, and critical theory, drawing from the strengths of each discipline to illuminate a relatively little-studied period. Insightful and momentous, "Bodies and disciplines" marks an important intervention in the development of cultural studies of late medieval England.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780816627158
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 26-Jan-1996
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Barbara A. Hanawalt
Of Good and Ill Repute, Paperback (December 1997)
Explores the roles that community, family and society played in maintaining social control in Medieval England. This book focuses on gender, criminal behavior, law enforcement, village arbitration, and cultural rituals on inclusion and exclusion. It reflects the scholarship on medieval legal history, cultural history, and women's cultural studies.
Growing Up in Medieval London, Paperback (March 1995)» View all books by Barbara A. Hanawalt
Bringing together a wealth of evidence drawn from court records, coroner's rolls, literary sources, and books of advice, this book weaves a rich tapestry of the life of London children during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.
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