Negotiating Community and Difference in Medieval Europe: Gender, Power, Patronage, and the Authority of Religion in Latin Christendom

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Katherine Allen Smith, Scott Wells
BRILL, 2009 - Religion - 292 pages
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This collection builds on the foundational work of Penelope D. Johnson, John Boswell's most influential student outside queer studies, on integration and segregation in medieval Christianity. It documents the multiple strategies by which medieval people constructed identities and, in the process, wove the boundaries of inclusion and exclusion among various individuals and groups. The collection adopts an interdisciplinary approach, encompassing historical, art historical, and literary perpsectives to explore the definition of personal and communal spaces within medieval texts, the complex negotiation of the relationship between devotee and saint in both the early and the later Middle Ages, the forming of partnerships (symbolic, economic, devotional, etc.) between men and women across medieval Europe's considerable gender divide, and the ostracism of individuals and groups through various means including imprisonment, violence, and their identification with pollution. Contributors include: Diane Peters Auslander, Constance Hoffman Berman, Elizabeth A.R. Brown, Alexandra Cuffel, Anne M. Schuchman, Jane Tibbetts Schulenburg, Katherine Allen Smith, Kathryn A. Smith, Christina Roukis-Stern, Susan Valentine, Susan Wade, and Scott Wells.
 

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Contents

Introduction Penelope D Johnson the Boswell Thesis and Negotiating Community and Difference in Medieval Europe Katherine Allen Smith and Sco...
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PART I SHAPING IDENTITY THROUGH SACRED SPACES AND TEXTS
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Monastic Identity Community and the Ideal of Asceticism in the Life of an Irish Saint Diane Peters Auslander
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Prologues as Letters in the Vitae Authored by Jacques de Vitry and Thomas de Cantimpré Christina RoukisStern
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Space and Community in the Vita of Umiliana de Cerchi 12191246 Anne M Schuchman
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Chapter Four Architectural Mimesis and Historical Memory at the Abbey of MontSaintMichel Katherine Allen Smith
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Piety Devotion and Stitching the Sacred ca 5001150 Jane Tibbetts Schulenburg
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PART II PARTNERSHIPS AND DEVOTIONS ACROSS THE GENDER DIVIDE
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Mary Magdalene Abelard and Heloise Susan Valentine
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Chapter Nine Book Body and the Construction of the Self in the Taymouth Hours Kathryn A Smith
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PART III BLOOD EMBODIMENT AND DEFINING SEPARATION
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The Monastic Implications of Violent Loss of Sight Susan Wade
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Chapter Eleven Blanche of Artois and Burgundy ChâteauGaillard and the Baron de Joursanvault Elizabeth AR Brown
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Menstrual Blood and Uncontrolled Semen in ThirteenthCentury Kabbalists Polemic against Christians Bad Jews and Muslims Alexandra Cuffel
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General Index
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Index of Manuscripts
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The Case of Gandersheim ca 850950 Scott Wells
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PortRoyal les Clairets Moncey Lieu and EaulezChartres Constance Hoffman Berman
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Katherine Allen Smith, Ph.D. in History (NYU, 2004), is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Puget Sound. She has published articles on medieval monastic communities and their saints, relics, and images. Her current project is a study of representations of war in monastic texts of the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Scott Wells, Ph.D. in History (NYU, 2003), is Assistant Professor of History at California State University, Los Angeles. He is currently completing a book entitled From Chronicling Monks to Prophesying Nuns: The Search for History's Design in Medieval Germany, ca. 970-1180.

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