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The Body and the Soul in Medieval Literature Piero Boitani

The Body and the Soul in Medieval Literature

Piero Boitani

Published September 23rd 1999
ISBN : 9780859915458
Hardcover
223 pages
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The theme of the body-and-soul relationship in medieval texts and in modern reworkings of medieval matter is explored in the articles here, specifically the representation of the body in romance- the relevance of bawdy tales to the culturalMoreThe theme of the body-and-soul relationship in medieval texts and in modern reworkings of medieval matter is explored in the articles here, specifically the representation of the body in romance- the relevance of bawdy tales to the cultural experience of authors and readers in the middle ages- the function of despair, or melancholy, in medieval and Renaissance literature- and the political significance of late medieval representations of bodies in the chroniclers accounts of the Rising and in Gowers poems. Two articles are devoted to modern retellings of medieval themes: John Foxes Acts and Monuments, seen in relation to the traditional acta martyrum, and the medieval revival in Tory Britain exemplified in Douglas Olivers The Infant and the Pearl. Contributors: PAMELA JOSEPH BENSON, NIGEL S. THOMPSON, JON WHITMAN, JEROME MANDEL, BARBARA NOLAN, YASUNARI TAKADA, YVETTE MARCHAND, ROBERT F. YEAGER, JOERG O. FICHTE, JOHN KERRIGAN