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Title The ends of the body : identity and community in medieval culture / edited by Suzanne Conklin Akbari and Jill Ross.
Imprint Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 2013.

Subject Human body -- Social aspects -- Europe -- History -- To 1500.
Human body -- Symbolic aspects -- Europe -- History -- To 1500.
Identity (Psychology) -- Europe -- History -- To 1500.
Individuality -- Europe -- History -- To 1500.
Community life -- Europe -- History -- To 1500.
Literature, Medieval -- History and criticism.
Human body in literature.
Human figure in art.
Civilization, Medieval -- Sources.
Alt Name Ross, Jill, 1961-
Akbari, Suzanne Conklin.
Description 1 online resource (vi, 327 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: Limits and Teleology: The Many Ends of the Body / Suzanne Conklin Akbari and Jill Ross -- 1. Books, Bodies, and Bones: Hilduin of St Denis and the Relics of St Dionysius / Ann Taylor -- 2. Death Is Not the End: The Encounter of the Three Living and the Three Dead in the Berlin Hours of Mary of Burgundy and Maximilian I / Christian Kralik -- 3. The Good Death of Richard Whittington: Corpse and Corporation / Amy Appleford -- 4. An Epic Incarnation of Salvation: The Function of the Body in the Eupolemius / Sybia Parsons -- 5. Losing Face: Heroic Discourse and Inscription in Flesh in Scela Mucce Meic Datho / Sarah Sheehan -- 6. The Dazzling Sword of Language: Masculinity and Persuasion in Classical and Medieval Rhetoric / Jill Ross -- 7. Amputating the Traitor: Healing the Social Body in Public Executions for Treason in Late Medieval England / Danielle M. Westerhof -- 8. "A defect of the Mind or Body": Impotence and Sexuality in Medieval Theology and Canon Law / Catherine Rider -- 9. Bodily Performances and Body Talk in Medieval Islamic Preaching / Linda G. Jones -- 10. The Leprous Body in Twelfth- and Thirteenth century Rouen: Perceptions and Responses / Elma Brenner -- 11. The Feminine Flesh in the Disputacione betwyx the Body and Worms / Wendy A. Matlock -- 12. Death as Metamorphosis in the Devotional and Political Allegory of Christine de Pizan / Suzanne Conklin Akbari.
Summary "Drawing on Arabic, English, French, Irish, Latin and Spanish sources, the essays share a focus on the body's productive capacity - whether expressed through the flesh's materiality, or through its role in performing meaning. The collection is divided into four clusters. 'Foundations' traces the use of physical remnants of the body in the form of relics or memorial monuments that replicate the form of the body as foundational in communal structures; 'Performing the Body' focuses on the ways in which the individual body functions as the medium through which the social body is maintained; 'Bodily Rhetoric' explores the poetic linkage of body and meaning; and 'Material Bodies' engages with the processes of corporeal being, ranging from the energetic flow of humoural liquids to the decay of the flesh. Together, the essays provide new perspectives on the centrality of the medieval body and underscore the vitality of this rich field of study."--Jacket.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 1442661380 (electronic bk.)
9781442661387 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.3138/9781442661387
OCLC # 837527908
Additional Format Print version: 9781442644700 1442644702
Print version: Ends of the body. Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 2013 9781442644700 (DLC) 2012285249 (OCoLC)808924305