The Spectacle of the Body in Late Medieval England – Estella Antoaneta CIOBANU

THE SPECTACLE OF THE BODY IN LATE MEDIEVAL ENGLAND

Estella Antoaneta CIOBANU

LUMEN – Copyright © 2020 – CULTURAL DIMENSIONS Book Series

FORMAT: Paperback         PAGES: 407           LANGUAGE: English

ISBN: 9789731665580


Description:

Why a ‘spectacle’ of the body? Why not an ‘imaginary’ of the body or ‘images’ or perhaps ‘concepts’? Even to the lay reader, the two sets – ‘spectacle’ as a category unto its own versus the remainder, especially the latter two concepts – likely evoke entrenched binaries such as dynamic vs. static views of the body. Yet not even at the most abstract conceptual level can the body be pictured as entirely static: medieval discursive practices testify to this much despite their rejection of body dynamics and change, regarded as damaging to spirituality. As we shall see, the body, whether in a strict biological sense or in metaphorical senses, was for medieval people the phenomenon most clearly anchored in earthly life. (The author)


Topics of interest:

  • Medieval England
  • Cultural, British, American, Jewish, Islamic studies
  • Literary studies

Author: Editura LUMEN