Of Giants Sex, Monsters, and the Middle Ages

ISBN-10: 0816632170

ISBN-13: 9780816632176

Edition: 1999

Authors: Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

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List price: $24.50
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 5/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 260
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen is Professor of English and Director of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute (MEMSI) at George Washington University. His research explores what monsters promise; how postcolonial studies, queer theory, postmodernism and posthumanism might help us to better understand the literatures and cultures of the Middle Ages (and might be transformed by that encounter); the limits and the creativity of our taxonomic impulses; the complexities of time when thought outside of progress narratives; and ecotheory. He is the author of three books: Of Giants: Sex, Monsters and the Middle Ages; Medieval Identity Machines; and Hybridity, Identity and Monstrosity in Medieval Britain: On Difficult Middles and the editor of four more, including Prismatic Ecology: Ecotheory Beyond Green (Minnesota, 2014). He blogs at In the Middle. Eileen A. Joy is the Director of punctum books and she has published widely on medieval literature, cultural studies, intellectual and literary history, ethics, the post/human, and speculative realism. She is the co-editor of postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies and O-Zone: A Journal of Object-Oriented Studies, and is also the Lead Ingenitor of the BABEL Working Group. She is also the co-editor of The Postmodern Beowulf (West Virginia University Press, 2007), Cultural Studies of the Modern Middle Ages (Palgrave, 2007), Dark Chaucer: An Assortment (punctum, 2012), Speculative Medievalisms: Discography (punctum, 2013), On Style: An Atelier (punctum, 2013), and L.O. Aranye Fradenburg's Staying Alive: A Survival Manual for the Liberal Arts (punctum, 2013). Myra Seaman is Professor of English at College of Charleston. She has published on Middle English romance, textual studies, gender studies, dream visions, medievalisms, and posthumanisms (medieval and modern). She is the co-editor of Cultural Studies of the Modern Middle Ages (2007) and Dark Chaucer: An Assortment (punctum, 2012). She is also the co-editor of postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies and co-founder of the BABEL Working Group. She is currently working on an extended project that investigates affective literacy among the late medieval English gentry through an object-oriented ontological approach.

Introduction: The Intimate Stranger
The Ruins of Identity
Monstrous Origin: Body, Nation, Family
The Body in Pieces: Identity and the Monstrous in Romance
The Giant of Self-Figuration: Diminishing Masculinity in Chaucer's "Tale of Sir Thopas"
The Body Hybrid: Giants, Dog-Men, and Becoming Inhuman
Afterword: Transhistoricity
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