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Fragmentation and Redemption: Essays on Gender and the Human Body in Medieval Religion

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These seven essays by noted historian Caroline Walker Bynum exemplify her argument that historians must write in a "comic" mode, aware of history's artifice, risks, and incompletion. Exploring a diverse array of medieval texts, the essays show how women were able to appropriate dominant social symbols in ways that revised and undercut them, allowing their own creative and religious voices to emerge. Taken together, they provide a model of how to account for gender in studying medieval texts and offer a new interpretation of the role of asceticism and mysticism in Christianity.In the first three essays, Bynum focuses on the methodological problems inherent in the writing of history. She shows that a consideration of medieval texts written by women and the rituals attractive to them undermines the approaches of three 20th-century intellectual figures - Victor Turner, Max Weber, and Leo Steinberg - and illustrates how other disciplines can enrich historical research. These methodological considerations are then used in the next three essays to examine gender proper. While describing the "experiential" literary voices of medieval women, Bynum underlines the corporality of women's piety and focuses on both the cultural construction and the intractable physicality of the body itself. She also examines how the acts and attitudes of men affected the cultural construction of categories such as "female," "heretic," and "saint" and shows that the study of gender is the study of how roles and possibilities are conceptualized by both women and men. In the final essay, Bynum elucidates how medieval discussions of bodily resurrection and the obsession with material details enrich modem debates over questions of self-identity and survival.Caroline Walker Bynum is a MacArthur Fellow and recipient of the Schaff Prize for Church History for her highly acclaimed Holy Feast, Holy Fast. She is Professor of History at Columbia University.

Synopsis:

Caroline Walker Bynum examines diverse medieval texts to show how women were able to appropriate dominant social symbols in ways that allowed for the emergence of their own creative voices.

Synopsis:

Caroline Walker Bynum, a MacArthur Fellow and winner of the Schaff Prize for Church history for her Holy Feast and Holy Fast, is Professor of History at Columbia University.

Synopsis:

Arguing that historians must write in a comic mode, aware of history's artifice, risks, and incompletion, Caroline Walker Bynum here examines diverse medieval texts to show how women were able to appropriate dominant social symbols in ways that allowed for the emergence of their own creative voices. By arguing for the positive importance attributed to the body, these essays give a new interpretation of gender in medieval texts and of the role of asceticism and mysticism in Christianity.Caroline Walker Bynum, a MacArthur Fellow and winner of the Schaff Prize for Church history for her Holy Feast and Holy Fast, is Professor of History at Columbia University.

About the Author

Caroline Walker Bynum is University Professor at Columbia University. She is the author of Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200-1336, and Fragmentation and Redemption: Essays on Gender and the Body in Medieval Religion (Zone Books, 1991).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780942299625
Subtitle:
Essays on Gender and the Human Body in Medieval Religion
Author:
Bynum, Caroline Walker
Author:
Bynum, Caroline Walker
Publisher:
Zone Books
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Theology - General
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Sex
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Sex role
Subject:
Body, human
Subject:
Christianity - Theology - General
Subject:
Christianity - Theology - Anthropology
Subject:
Christian Theology - Anthropology
Subject:
Women in Christianity -- History.
Subject:
Women - Religious aspects - Christianity
Subject:
World History - Medieval and Renaissance
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Fragmentation and Redemption
Publication Date:
19920909
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
426
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » Feminist Studies » History
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Product details 426 pages Zone Books - English 9780942299625 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Caroline Walker Bynum examines diverse medieval texts to show how women were able to appropriate dominant social symbols in ways that allowed for the emergence of their own creative voices.
"Synopsis" by , Caroline Walker Bynum, a MacArthur Fellow and winner of the Schaff Prize for Church history for her Holy Feast and Holy Fast, is Professor of History at Columbia University.
"Synopsis" by , Arguing that historians must write in a comic mode, aware of history's artifice, risks, and incompletion, Caroline Walker Bynum here examines diverse medieval texts to show how women were able to appropriate dominant social symbols in ways that allowed for the emergence of their own creative voices. By arguing for the positive importance attributed to the body, these essays give a new interpretation of gender in medieval texts and of the role of asceticism and mysticism in Christianity.Caroline Walker Bynum, a MacArthur Fellow and winner of the Schaff Prize for Church history for her Holy Feast and Holy Fast, is Professor of History at Columbia University.
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