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The Modulated Scream: Pain in Late Medieval Culture

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In the late medieval era, pain could be a symbol of holiness, disease, sin, or truth. It could be encouragement to lead a moral life, a punishment for wrong doing, or a method of healing. Exploring the varied depictions and descriptions of pain—from martyrdom narratives to practices of torture and surgery—The Modulated Scream attempts to decode this culture of suffering in the Middle Ages.

 

Esther Cohen brings to life the cacophony of howls emerging from the written record of physicians, torturers, theologians, and mystics. In considering how people understood suffering, explained it, and meted it out, Cohen discovers that pain was imbued with multiple meanings. While interpreting pain was the province only of the rarified elite, harnessing pain for religious, moral, legal, and social purposes was a practice that pervaded all classes of Medieval life. In the overlap of these contradicting attitudes about what pain was for—how it was to be understood and who should use it—Cohen reveals the distinct and often conflicting cultural traditions and practices of late medieval Europeans. Ambitious and wide-ranging, The Modulated Scream is intellectual history at its most acute.

About the Author

Esther Cohen is research fellow at the Scholion Center and professor of medieval history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

Introduction

Setting the Stage

Part I. Manipulating Pain

1. The Uses of Suffering

2. “Twisting the Mind”: Torture and Truth-Finding

3. Alleviating Pain

4. The Script of Pain Behavior

 

Part II. Knowledge from Pain

 

5. The Vocabulary and Typology of Pain

6. The Christian History of Humanity

7. Human and Divine Passion

8. Impassibility

 

Conclusion

 

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226112671
Author:
Cohen, Esther
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Gay & Lesbian
Subject:
Pain -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Subject:
Suffering -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Subject:
World History - Medieval and Renaissance
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 halftones
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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