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Title Reading skin in medieval literature and culture / edited by Katie L. Walter
Published New York, New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
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Description 1 online resource
Series The new Middle Ages
New Middle Ages.
Contents Introduction / Katie L. Walter -- Wondrous skins and tactile affection: the Blemmye's touch / Lara Farina -- Noli me tangere: the enigma of touch in Middle English religious literature and art for and about women / Elizabeth Robertson -- Havelok's bare life and the significance of skin / Robert Mills -- The medieval werewolf model of reading skin / Susan Small -- Cutaneous time in the late medieval literary imagination / Isabel Davis -- The form of the formless: medieval taxonomies of skin, flesh and the human / Katie L. Walter -- Discerning skin: complexion, surgery and language in medieval confession / Virginia Langum -- Desire and defacement in the testament of Cresseid / Julie Orlemanski -- Touching back: responding to reading skin / Karl Steel
Summary 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. Treating key medieval English texts and traditions, from romance and exemplum to technical treatises and encyclopedias, the essays in this collection show the subject of skin to be a peculiarly resistant and revealing mode of reading texts, highlighting not the hierarchy, but the interdependency of the senses, and laying bare the intimacy of the human, the animal, the divine and the monstrous in medieval natural philosophy, pastoralia and ethics, and the literary imagination
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject English literature -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- History and criticism.
Human body in literature.
Skin in literature.
Skin -- history
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Walter, Katie L., 1980- editor
ISBN 1137084642 (electronic bk.)
9781137084644 (electronic bk.)