The Meanings Of Sex Difference In The Middle Ages

Author: Joan Cadden
Editor: Cambridge University Press
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This book examines how scientific ideas about sex differences in the later Middle Ages participated in cultural assumptions about gender.

The Meanings Of Sex Difference In The Middle Ages

Author: Joan Cadden
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In describing and explaining the sexes, medicine and science participated in the delineation of what was "feminine" and what was "masculine" in the Middle Ages. Hildegard of Bingen and Albertus Magnus, among others, writing about gynecology, the human constitution, fetal development, or the naturalistic dimensions of divine Creation, became increasingly interested in issues surrounding reproduction and sexuality. Did women as well as men produce procreative seed? How did the physiology of the sexes influence their healthy states and their susceptibility to disease? Who derived more pleasure from sexual intercourse, men or women? The answers to such questions created a network of flexible concepts which did not endorse a single model of male-female relations, but did affect views on the health consequences of sexual abstinence for women and men and on the allocation of responsibility for infertility - problems with much social and religious significance in the Middle Ages. Sometimes at odds with, and sometimes in accord with other forces in medieval society, medicine and natural philosophy helped to construct a set of notions that divided significant portions of the world - from the behavior of animals to the operations of astrological signs - into "masculine" and "feminine." Even cases that seemed to exist outside the definitions of this duality, for example, hermaphrodite features or homosexual behavior, were brought under control by the application of gendered labels, such as "masculine women."

Gender And Difference In The Middle Ages

Author: Sharon A. Farmer
Editor: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816638932
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Nothing less than a rethinking of what we mean when we talk about "men" and "women" of the medieval period, this volume demonstrates how the idea of gender -- in the Middle Ages no less than now -- intersected in subtle and complex ways with other categories of difference. Responding to the insights of postcolonial and feminist theory, the authors show that medieval identities emerged through shifting paradigms -- that fluidity, conflict, and contingency characterized not only gender, but also sexuality, social status, and religion. This view emerges through essays that delve into a wide variety of cultures and draw on a broad range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches. Scholars in the fields of history as well as literary and religious studies consider gendered hierarchies in western Christian, Jewish, Byzantine, and Islamic areas of the medieval world.

The Crimes Of Women In Early Modern Germany

Author: Ulinka Rublack
Editor: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0198208863
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A study of the crimes of women in early modern Germany, this text draws on court records to examine the lives of shrewd cutpurses, quarrelling artisan wives, and soldiers' concubines.

Sexuality In The Middle Ages And The Early Modern Times

Author: Albrecht Classen
Editor: De Gruyter
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Biographical note: Albrecht Classen, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA.

Iasl

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Sex And Sexuality In Anglo Saxon England

Author: Daniel Gillmore Calder
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Anchorites Wombs And Tombs

Author: Liz Herbert McAvoy
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A volume of essays exploring the phenomenon of anchoritic enclosure in the Middle Ages and its effect on established religious communities and the laity.

Medizinhistorisches Journal

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The Medieval British Literature Handbook

Author: Daniel T. Kline
Editor: Continuum
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One-stop resource for courses in medieval literature, providing students with a comprehensive guide to the historical and cultural context; major texts and movements; reading primary and critical texts; key critics, concepts and topics; major critical approaches and directions of new research.

Liminal Images

Author: Alex Woodcock
Editor: British Archaeological Reports Limited
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The presence of unusual, grotesque and rude carvings on ecclesiastical buildings have been explained in a number of ways, from reflecting the warped sense of humour of the masons, to a purely ornamental or marginal function. However, in this study of medieval sculpture from southern England, Alex Woodcock suggests that imagery should be seen in the same way as the buildings themselves, as liminal spaces mediating between the human, mortal world and the sacred and unknown. In examining various distorted and foliate heads, grotesques, mythical creatures, beasts and so on, Woodcock argues that these are wholly appropriate images for medieval religious life, reflecting the ambiguous and the unclassifiable in an unknown realm, whilst also having an apotropaic function. Placing emphasis on liminality, the study focuses in particular on heads - severed, foliate and otherwise - and whole figures, humans, animals and hybrids, including detailed studies of the siren and mermaid.

Parergon

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The Ghost Of Boccaccio

Author: Stephen Kolsky
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This major study looks at the heritage and literary transformation of Giovanni Boccaccio's De mulieribus claris in late-fifteenth and early-sixteenth-century Italy. The monograph is the first full-length study of the new elaborations of women's role and potential that were being developed in the north Italian courts in this period. The Ghost of Boccaccio presents a sustained textual analysis of a selection of male-authored texts. It treats these texts as highly specific events in the development of the querelle des femmes, or 'the woman question', providing an important and often neglected Italian context for this question. By analysing these texts together in one volume, this study places them firmly on the scholarly map. They represent an extraordinary variety of voices seeking to be heard about the status of women in Renaissance Italy, ranging from the most conservative to the truly radical. They provide vital perspectives on constructions of women in the Renaissance. A number of these texts also represent a crucial moment in the development of intellectual strategies to challenge the dominant gender ideologies of Renaissance and early modern Europe. The book will be of interest to scholars and students of Renaissance history and culture, Italian studies, neo-Latin studies, and gender studies.

Sexuality And Culture In Medieval And Renaissance Europe

Author: Philip M. Soergel
Editor: Ams PressInc
ISBN: 9780404645526
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Secrets Of Women

Author: Katharine Park
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Women's bodies and the study of anatomy in Italy between the late thirteenth and themid-sixteenth centuries.

Journal Of Women S History

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Graven Images

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The Flesh And The Feminine

Author: Ruth M. B. Gouldbourne
Editor: Authentic Media
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During the sixteenth-century reformations Caspar Schwenckfeld was one of the mavericks and creative thinkers who made up the amorphous grouping of radicals. At the time, and since, much has been made of the number of women who were attracted to his theology. Various reasons for this have been suggested, ranging from the attractions of a well-spoken nobleman through to the pull of a more domestic religion. This study argues that the attraction lay in the theology which Schwenckfeld explored and offered, and the ways in which it destabilised the accepted social and biological definitions of gender identity.

The Cruciform Womb

Author: Karl Peter Whittington
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Shakespearean Criticism

Author: Michelle Lee
Editor: Gale / Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9780787646981
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