The New Middle Ages

Reading Skin in Medieval Literature and Culture

Editors: Walter, K. (Ed.)

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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. This book explores the presence of skin in medieval literature and culture from a range of literary, religious, aesthetic, historical, medical, and theoretical perspectives.

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Isabel Davis; Birkbeck College, University of London, UK Lara Farina; West Virginia University, USA Virgina Langum; Umeå University, Sweden Robert Mills; University College London, UK Julie Orlemanski; Boston College, USA Elizabeth Robertson; University of Glasgow, UK Susan Small; King's University College at the University of Western Ontario, Canada Karl Steel; Brooklyn College of CUNY, USA

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“Reading Skin in Medieval Literature and Culture is a theoretically-informed and thought-provoking collection, and, while its close readings focus primarily on Middle English literature, it has a much broader applicability. … On the whole, this is a fascinating collection of essays that is sure to provoke further consideration of the importance of skin – its meaning and materiality – in the Middle Ages and beyond.” (Jessica Barr, Mediaevistik, Vol. 28, 2015)

'Taking as its subject matter what Katie Walter aptly calls 'the dense tissue of associations of skin in medieval culture,' the essays in this excellent volume explore the porousness of body to world, human vulnerability, the jarring effects of touching and being touched, our intimacy with animals and monsters, race and corporeal form, medical and religious discourses of the dermal, and the enfolding of identity and temporality via the corporeal membrane. Well written and cogently argued, Reading Skin in Medieval Literature and Culture offers eight essays and a response piece through which the cultural meanings and blunt material challenges of skin undermine the duality of surface and depth.' - Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Professor of English and Director, GW Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute, George Washington University, USA


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reading Skin in Medieval Literature and Culture
Editors
  • K. Walter
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Katie L. Walter
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-08464-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137084644
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-33870-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-34177-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 225
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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