Monks and Nuns, Saints and Outcasts: Religion in Medieval Society by Sharon FarmerMonks and Nuns, Saints and Outcasts: Religion in Medieval Society by Sharon Farmer

Monks and Nuns, Saints and Outcasts: Religion in Medieval Society

EditorSharon Farmer, Barbara H. Rosenwein

Paperback | April 10, 2000

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A new generation of historians today is borrowing from cultural anthropology, post-modern critical theory, and gender studies to understand the social meanings of medieval religious movements, practices, figures, and cults. In this volume Sharon Farmer and Barbara H. Rosenwein bring together essays—all hitherto unpublished—that combine some of the best of these new approaches with rigorous research and traditional scholarship. Some of these essays re-envision the professionals of religion: the monks and nuns who carried out crucial social functions as mediators between living and dead, repositories for social memory, and loci of vicarious piety. In their religious life these people embodied an image of the society that produced them. Other contributions focus on social categories, usually expressed as dichotomies: male/female, insider/outsider, saint/outcast. Monks and Nuns, Saints and Outcasts is the first book to show the interaction of seemingly antithetical groups of medieval people and the ways in which they were defined by, as well as against, each other. All of the essays, taken together, form a tribute to Lester K. Little, pioneer in the study of religion in medieval society.

Sharon Farmer is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Communities of Saint Martin: Legend and Ritual in Medieval Tours, also from Cornell. Barbara H. Rosenwein is Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago. She is the author of Negotiating Space: Power, Restraint, an...
Title:Monks and Nuns, Saints and Outcasts: Religion in Medieval SocietyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.61 inPublished:April 10, 2000Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0801486564

ISBN - 13:9780801486562


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"The volume's essays are important, original contributions."

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