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History in the Comic Mode Medieval Communities and the Matter of Person

ISBN-10: 0231133685

ISBN-13: 9780231133685

Edition: 2007

Authors: Rachel Fulton, Rachel Fulton Brown

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In this groundbreaking collection, twenty-one prominent medievalists discuss continuity and change in ideas of personhood and community and argue for the viability of the comic mode in the study and recovery of history. These scholars approach their sources not from a particular ideological viewpoint but with an understanding that all topics, questions, and explanations are viable. They draw on a variety of sources in Latin, Arabic, French, German, Middle English, and more, and employ a range of theories and methodologies, always keeping in mind that environments are inseparable from the making of the people who inhabit them and that these people are in part constituted by and understood in terms of their communities. Essays feature close readings of both familiar and lesser known materials, offering provocative interpretations of John of Rupescissa's alchemy; the relationship between the living and the saintly dead in Bernard of Clairvaux's sermons; the nomenclature of heresy in the early eleventh century; the apocalyptic visions of Robert of Uzs; Machiavelli's De principatibus; the role of "demotic religiosity" in economic development; and the visions of Elizabeth of Schnau. Contributors write as historians of religion, art, literature, culture, and society, approaching their subjects through the particular and the singular rather than through the thematic and the theoretical. Playing with the wild possibilities of the historical fragments at their disposal, the scholars in this collection advance a new and exciting approach to writing medieval history.
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Book details

List price: $65.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 5/1/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 408
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Rachel Fulton is asssociate professor of history at the University of Chicago. She has held fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Lilly Endowment, and she has been a Fellow at the National Humanities Center, where she began work on this book. Her current project is a study of the cognitive and ritual making of prayer in the monastic culture of the medieval West.

Introduction : medieval communities and the matter of person
Forgetting Hathumoda : the afterlife of the first abbess of Gandersheim
"If one member glories ... " : community between the living and the saintly dead in Bernard of Clairvaux's Sermons for the feast of all saints
The pope's shrunken head : the apocalyptic visions of Robert of Uzes
Thomas of Cantimpre and female sanctity
The changing fortunes of Angela of Foligno, daughter, mother, and wife
"A particular light of understanding" : Margaret of Cortona, the Franciscans, and a Cortonese cleric
Fragments of devotion : charters and canons in Aquitaine, 876-1050
Naming names : the nomenclature of heresy in the early eleventh century
Economic development and demotic religiosity
Back-biting and self-promotion : the work of merchants of the Cairo Geniza
John of Salisbury and the civic utility of religion
Understanding contagion : the contaminating effect of another's sin
Calvin's smile
Why all the fuss about the mind? : a medievalist's perspective on cognitive theory
Aspects of blood piety in a late-medieval English manuscript : London, British Library MS additional 37049
Machiavelli, trauma, and the scandal of The prince : an essay in speculative history
Low Country ascetics and Oriental luxury : Jacques de Vitry, Marie of Oignies, and the treasures of Oignies
Crystalline wombs and pregnant hearts : the exuberant bodies of the Katharinenthal Visitation Group
Gluttony and the anthropology of pain in Dante's Inferno and Purgatorio
"Human heaven" : John of Rupescissa's alchemy at the end of the world
Magic, bodies, university masters, and the invention of the late medieval witch
Afterword : history in the comic mode