Sexuality, Sociality, And Cosmology In Medieval Literary Texts

Hardcover | December 28, 2012

EditorJ. Brown, M. Segol

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For many medieval authors, sexuality was the ultimate expression of embodiment. Sexuality could be a medium for human communication with the divine, but it could also be a barrier when not conceptualized or practiced correctly. Broad in scope, this collection shows several operating models of body and cosmos. Exploring the relation between sexuality and cosmology in a variety of literary texts from the tenth to the sixteenth centuries, the essays reveal that medieval authors, whether lay or religious, Christian or Jewish, were grappling with the same sets of questions about sexuality as people are today.

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For many medieval authors, sexuality was the ultimate expression of embodiment. Sexuality could be a medium for human communication with the divine, but it could also be a barrier when not conceptualized or practiced correctly. Broad in scope, this collection shows several operating models of body and cosmos. Exploring the relation be...

Jennifer N. Brown is Associate Professor at Marymount Manhattan College. She is the author of Three Women of Liège: A Critical Edition of and Commentary on the Middle English Lives of Elizabeth of Spalbeek, Christina Mirabilis, and Marie d'Oignies and the co-editor of the forthcoming Barking Abbey and Medieval Literary Culture: Author...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.02 inPublished:December 28, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230109802

ISBN - 13:9780230109803

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