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Author Bildhauer, Professor Bettina

Title The Monstrous Middle Ages
Published Cardiff : University of Wales Press, 2003
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Description 1 online resource (251 pages)
Contents Cover; Title Page ; Copyright Page ; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Notes on Contributors; Abbreviations; 1. Introduction: Conceptualizing the Monstrous; 2. Jesus as Monster ; 3. Monstrous Masculinities in Julian of Norwich's A Revelation of Love and The Book of Margery Kempe ; 4. Blood, Jews and Monsters in Medieval Culture; 5. The Other Close at Hand: Gerald of Wales and the 'Marvels of the West'; 6. Idols and Simulacra: Paganity, Hybridity and Representation in M andeville's Travels; 7. Demonizing the Night in Medieval Europe: A T emporal Monstrosity?
8. Apocalyptic Monsters: Animal Inspirations for the Iconography of Medieval North European Devourers 9. Hell on Earth: Encountering Devils in the Medieval Landscape; 10. Encountering the Monstrous: Saints and Dragons in Medieval Thou ght; Further Reading; Index
Summary The Monstrous Middle Ages looks at both the representation of literal monsters and the consumption and exploitation of monstrous metaphors in a wide variety of high and late-medieval cultural productions, from travel writing and mystical texts, to sermons, manuscript illuminations and maps. Individual essays explore the ways in which monstrosity shaped the construction of gendered and racial identities, religious symbolism and social prejudice in the Middle Ages
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Subject English literature -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- History and criticism.
Literature, Medieval -- History and criticism.
Monsters in art.
Monsters in literature.
Monsters -- Symbolic aspects -- History -- To 1500.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Mills, Dr Robert
ISBN 1786831740