Music, Body, and Desire in Medieval Culture Hildegard of Bingen to Chaucer

ISBN-10: 0804740585
ISBN-13: 9780804740586
Edition: 2001
List price: $32.95
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Description: Ranging chronologically from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries and thematically from Latin to vernacular literary modes, this book challenges standard assumptions about the musical cultures and philosophies of the European Middle Ages. Engaging  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 6/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Ranging chronologically from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries and thematically from Latin to vernacular literary modes, this book challenges standard assumptions about the musical cultures and philosophies of the European Middle Ages. Engaging a wide range of premodern texts and contexts, from the musicality of sodomy in twelfth-century polyphony to Chaucer’s representation of pedagogical violence in the Prioress’s Tale, from early Christian writings on the music of the body to the plainchant and poetry of Hildegard of Bingen, the author argues that medieval music was quintessentially a practice of the flesh. The book reveals a sonorous landscape of flesh and bone, pleasure and pain, a medieval world in which erotic desire, sexual practice, torture, flagellation, and even death itself resonated with musical significance and meaning. In its insistence on music as an integral part of the material cultures of the Middle Ages, the book presents a revisionist account of an important aspect of premodern European civilization that will be of compelling interest to historians of literature, music, religion, and sexuality, as well as scholars of cultural, gender, and queer studies.

Rachel Fulton is associate professor of history at the University of Chicago. She is the author of From Judgment to Passion: Devotion to Christ and the Virgin Mary, 800-1200, and she is currently studying the making of prayer in the medieval West, with special emphasis on prayer to the Virgin Mother of God.Bruce Holsinger is professor of English and music at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Music, Body, and Desire in Medieval Culture: Hildegard of Bingen to Chaucer, as well as The Premodern Condition: Medievalism and the Making of Theory. He is writing a book on liturgy and vernacularity in premodern England.

Preface and Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Abbreviations
Introduction
Backgrounds: Musical Embodiments In Christian Late Antiquity
The Resonance of the Flesh
Saint Augustine and the Rhythms of Embodiment
Liturgies Of Desire
Sine Tactu Viri: The Musical Somatics of Hildegard of Bingen
Polyphones and Sodomites: Music and Sexual Dissidence from Leoninus to Chaucer's Pardoner
Sounds Of Suffering
The Musical Body in Pain: Passion, Percussion, and Melody in Thirteenth-Century Religious Practice
Musical Violence and the Pedagogical Body: The Prioress's Tale and the Ideologies of "Song"
Resoundings
Orpheus in Parts: Music, Fragmentation, Remembrance
Epilogue: Toward a Musicology of Empathy
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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