Dark Age Bodies: Gender and Monastic Practice in the Early Medieval West

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Jun 6, 2011 - History - 416 pages
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Dark Age Bodies reconstructs the gender ideology of monastic masculinity through an investigation of early medieval readings of the body and its parts. It brings together scholarship in architectural history and cultural anthropology to frame an important reconsideration of Carolingian culture.

 

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Contents

Dark Age Bodies
1
Chapter 1 Hrabanus Is My Name
13
Chapter 2 A Carolingian Aesthetic of Bricolage
42
Chapter 3 Gendering the Benedictine Rule
69
Chapter 4 Carolingian Practices of the Rule
98
Chapter 5 Inscribing the Rule onto Carolingian Sacred Space
134
Chapter 6 Gendering the Plan of Saint Gall
165
Chapter 7 Foursquare Power
216
Epilogue
247
Notes
255
Bibliography
341
Index
375
Acknowledgments
389
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Lynda L. Coon is Associate Professor of History at the University of Arkansas. She is the author of Sacred Fictions: Holy Women and Hagiography in Late Antiquity, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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