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Hybridity, Identity, and Monstrosity in Medieval Britain
 
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Hybridity, Identity, and Monstrosity in Medieval Britain
On Difficult Middles
 
 
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06 Jun 2007
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This study examines the monsters that haunt twelfth-century British texts, arguing that in these strange bodies are expressed fears and fantasies about community, identity and race during the period. Cohen finds the origins of these monsters in a contemporary obsession with blood, both the literal and metaphorical kind.


Description

This study examines the monsters that haunt twelfth-century British texts, arguing that in these strange bodies are expressed fears and fantasies about community, identity and race during the period. Cohen finds the origins of these monsters in a contemporary obsession with blood, both the literal and metaphorical kind.


Reviews

'Cohen is established as one of the prime researchers on monstrosity, masculinity and postcolonialism in medieval Britain, and the New Middle Ages Series as one of the most inventive in medieval studies...it makes for a riveting - entertaining as well as disconcerting - read about the important and neglected aftermath of 1066.' - TLS


Contents

Introduction: In medias res
Acts of Separation: Shaping Communal Bodies
Between Belongings: History's Middle
In the Borderlands: The Identity of Gerald of Wales
City of Catastrophes
The Flow of Blood in Norwich
Epilogue: In medias res


Authors

JEFFREY JEROME COHEN is Professor of English at George Washington University in Washington DC, USA.