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- DescriptionThe Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities of medieval western Europe conceived of the human body in manifold ways. The body was t a fixed or unmalleable mass of flesh, but an entity that changed its character depending on its age, its interactions with its environment, and its diet. For example, a slave would have been marked by her language, her name, her religion, or even by a sign burned onto her skin, t by her color alone. Covering the period from 500 to 1500 and using sources that range across the full spectrum of medieval literary, scientific, medical, and artistic production, this volume explores the rich variety of medieval views of both the real and the metaphorical body. A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Medieval Age presents an overview of the period with essays on the centrality of the human body in birth and death, health and disease, sexuality, beauty and concepts of the ideal, bodies marked by gender, race, class and disease, cultural representations and popular beliefs, and self and society.
- Author BiographyLinda Kalof is Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University, USA and author of Looking at Animals in Human History and series editor of A Cultural History of Animals and A Cultural History of Women.
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Date of Publication16/01/2014
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Series TitleThe Cultural Histories Series
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBloomsbury Academic
- Content Note12 bw illus
- Weight493 g
- Width169 mm
- Height244 mm
- Edited byLinda Kalof
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