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Front Cover; Half-Title; Series Editors; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Series Editors' Preface; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Note on Editions and Translations; Introduction: Cura Animarum; 1. Apprehensive Medicine; 2. Lyrical Treatment; 3. Compassionate Healing; 4. Longing for Health; 5. Dangerous Reading; Conclusion: Sowle-hele; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index; Backcover.
This is a book about reading and healing. It shows how literature that makes us feel sad, horrified, or fearful was understood to bring about health of the soul in the Middle Ages. Over five chapters, it considers a specific set of negative emotions and demosntrates precisely how words can evoke strong feelings.
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