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Holy Feast and Holy Fast : the Religious Significance of Food To Medieval Women (87 Edition)

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In the period between 1200 and 1500 in western Europe, a number of religious women gained widespread veneration and even canonization as saints for their extraordinary devotion to the Christian eucharist, supernatural multiplications of food and drink, and miracles of bodily manipulation, including stigmata and inedia (living without eating). The occurrence of such phenomena sheds much light on the nature of medieval society and medieval religion. It also forms a chapter in the history of women.

Previous scholars have occasionally noted the various phenomena in isolation from each other and have sometimes applied modern medical or psychological theories to them. Using materials based on saints' lives and the religious and mystical writings of medieval women and men, Caroline Walker Bynum uncovers the pattern lying behind these aspects of women's religiosity and behind the fascination men and women felt for such miracles and devotional practices. She argues that food lies at the heart of much of women's piety. Women renounced ordinary food through fasting in order to prepare for receiving extraordinary food in the eucharist. They also offered themselves as food in miracles of feeding and bodily manipulation.

Providing both functionalist and phenomenological explanations, Bynum explores the ways in which food practices enabled women to exert control within the family and to define their religious vocations. She also describes what women meant by seeing their own bodies and God's body as food and what men meant when they too associated women with food and flesh. The author's interpretation of women's piety offers a new view of the nature of medieval asceticism and, drawing upon both anthropology and feminist theory, she illuminates the distinctive features of women's use of symbols. Rejecting presentist interpretations of women as exploited or masochistic, she shows the power and creativity of women's writing and women's lives.

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Examines the role of food in the religion of women in the Middle Ages and argues that food practices enabled women to exert power in the family and define their religious vocations.

About the Author

Caroline Walker Bynum is Western Medieval History Professor Emerita

School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Note on the Text

Author's Note

The Boston Poems

Cups 1-12

The Park

The Faerie Queene

The Moth Poem

Image-Nations -4

Les Chiméres

Charms

Great Companion: Pindar

Image-Nations 5-14 and Uncollected Poems

Streams I

Syntax

Pell Mell

Great Companion: Robert Duncan

Streams II

Exody

Notes

Great Companion: Dante Alighiere

Wanders

So

Oh!

Afterword

Index of Titles and First Lines

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520063297
Author:
Bynum, Caroline Walker
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Food
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Food habits
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Fasts and feasts
Subject:
Christianity - Christian Life
Subject:
Christianity - Christian Life - General
Subject:
Christian Life - General
Subject:
World History - Medieval and Renaissance
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
New Historicism: Studies in Cultural Poetics
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
19880131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.25 in 24 oz

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