Medieval Religion and its Anxieties

History and Mystery in the Other Middle Ages

Author: Thomas A. Fudgé

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137566108

Category: History

Page: 300

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This book examines the broad varieties of religious belief, religious practices, and the influence of religion within medieval society. Religion in the Middle Ages was not monolithic. Medieval religion and the Latin Church are not synonymous. While theology and liturgy are important, an examination of animal trials, gargoyles, last judgments, various aspects of the medieval underworld, and the quest for salvation illuminate lesser known dimensions of religion in the Middle Ages. Several themes run throughout the book including visual culture, heresy and heretics, law and legal procedure, along with sexuality and an awareness of mentalities and anxieties. Although an expanse of 800 years has passed, the remains of those other Middle Ages can be seen today, forcing us to reassess our evaluations of this alluring and often overlooked past.

Toleration and Tolerance in Medieval European Literature

Author: Albrecht Classen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 135100106X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 330

View: 936


Toleration and Tolerance in Medieval European Literature aims to examine and unearth the critical investigations of toleration and tolerance presented in literary texts of the Middle Ages. In contrast to previous approaches, this volume identifies new methods of interpreting conventional classifications of toleration and tolerance through the emergence of multi-level voices in literary, religious, and philosophical discourses of authorities in medieval literature. Accordingly, this volume identifies two separate definitions of toleration and tolerance, the former as a representative of a majority group accepts a member of the minority group but still holds firmly to the believe that s/he is right and the other entirely wrong, and tolerance meaning that all faiths, convictions, and ideologies are treated equally, and the majority speaker is ready to accept that potentially his/her position is wrong. Applying these distinct differences in the critical investigation of interaction and representation in context, this book offers new insight into the tolerant attitudes portrayed in medieval literature of which regularly appealed, influenced and shaped popular opinions of the period.

Religion and Culture in Germany

(1400 - 1800)

Author: Robert William Scribner

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004114572

Category: History

Page: 380

View: 8432


These most recent essays of the late Bob Scribner show his original and provocative views as a historian on the German Reformation. Subjects covered include popular culture, art, literacy, Anabaptism, witchcraft, Protestantism and magic.

Blessing the World

Ritual and Lay Piety in Medieval Religion

Author: Derek A. Rivard

Publisher: CUA Press

ISBN: 0813215455

Category: History

Page: 332

View: 3030


In Blessing the World, Derek A. Rivard studies liturgical blessing and its role in the religious life of Christians during the central and later Middle Ages, with a particular focus on the blessings of the Franco-Roman liturgical tradition from the tenth to late thirteenth centuries.

The Anxieties of Idleness

Idleness in Eighteenth-century British Literature and Culture

Author: Sarah Jordan

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 9780838755235

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 298

View: 2006


"The Anxieties of Idleness: Idleness in Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Culture investigates the preoccupation with idleness that haunts the British eighteenth century. Sarah Jordan argues that as Great Britain began to define itself as a nation during this period, one important quality it claimed for itself was industriousness. But this claim was undermined and complicated by, among other factors, the importance of leisure to the upholding of class status, thus making idleness a subject of intense anxiety. One result of this anxiety was an increased surveillance of the supposed idleness of marginalized and less powerful members of society: the working classes, the nonwhite races, and women." "In a widely researched and elegantly argued book, Jordan analyzes how idleness is figured in eighteenth-century literature and culture, including both traditional forms of literature and a wide variety of other cultural discourses. At the center of this account, Jordan investigates the lives and works of Johnson, Cowper, Thomson, and many other, lesser known writers. She incorporates their obsession with idleness into a new and lucid theorization of the professionalization of writing and the place of idleness and industry in the larger cultural formation that was eighteenth-century British identity."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Medieval Religion

New Approaches

Author: Constance H. Berman

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415316866

Category: History

Page: 422

View: 2896


Constance Hoffman Berman presents an indispensable collection of the most influential and revisionist work to be done on religion in the Middle Ages in the last two decades. Bringing together an authoritative list of scholars from around the world, this book is a comprehensive compilation of the most important work in this field. Medieval Religion provides a valuable service for all those who study the Middle Ages, church history or religion.

Language as the Site of Revolt in Medieval and Early Modern England

Speaking as a Woman

Author: M. C. Bodden

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230337651

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 257

View: 1448


Despite attempts to suppress early women's speech, this study demonstrates that women were still actively engaged in cultural practices and speech strategies that were both complicit with the patriarchal ideology whilst also undermining it.

Hoccleve's Regiment of Princes

Counsel and Constraint

Author: Nicholas Perkins

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9780859916318

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 235

View: 5183


Hoccleve, often considerd conventional and naive, is shown to be deeply engaged in the political and literary currents of his time.

Menacing Virgins

Representing Virginity in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Author: Kathleen Coyne Kelly,Marina Leslie

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 9780874136494

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 246

View: 4576


The essays in Menacing Virgins delineate the nexus of religious, political, economic, and aesthetic values that produce the Western European myth of virginity and examine how those complex cultural forces animate, empower, discipline, disclose, mystify, and menace the virginal body. The collection includes readings of Icelandic poems, Margaret Cavendish's Assaulted and Pursued Chastity, seventeenth-century dramatic song, and the iconography of Italian wedding chests.

Roots Of Psychotherapy

Author: Carl A. Whitaker,Thomas P. Malone

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317758684

Category: Psychology

Page: 236

View: 2203


First published in 1994. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Analytical Psychology in a Changing World: The search for self, identity and community

Author: Lucy Huskinson,Murray Stein

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317628578

Category: Psychology

Page: 234

View: 7486


How can we make sense of ourselves within a world of change? In Analytical Psychology in a Changing World, an international range of contributors examine some of the common pitfalls, challenges and rewards that we encounter in our efforts to carve out identities of a personal or collective nature, and question the extent to which analytical psychology as a school of thought and therapeutic approach must also adapt to meet our changing needs. The contributors assess contemporary concerns about our sense of who we are and where we are going, some in light of recent social and natural disasters and changes to our social climates, others by revisiting existential concerns and philosophical responses to our human situation in order to assess their validity for today. How we use our urban environments and its structures to make sense of our pathologies and shortcomings; the relevance of images and the dynamic forms that underpin our experience of the world; how analytical psychology can effectively manage issues and problems of cultural, religious and existential identity – these broad themes, and others besides, are vividly illustrated by striking case-studies and unique personal insights that give real lucidity to the ideas and arguments presented. Analytical Psychology in a Changing World will be essential reading for Jungian and post-Jungian scholars and clinicians of depth psychology, as well as sociologists, philosophers and any reader with a critical interest in the important cultural ideas of our time.

Seventeenth-Century Cultural Discourse

France and the Preaching of Bishop Camus

Author: Thomas Worcester

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110809729

Category: Religion

Page: 316

View: 1379


The series Religion and Society (RS) contributes to the exploration of religions as social systems – both in Western and non-Western societies; in particular, it examines religions in their differentiation from, and intersection with, other cultural systems, such as art, economy, law and politics. Due attention is given to paradigmatic case or comparative studies that exhibit a clear theoretical orientation with the empirical and historical data of religion and such aspects of religion as ritual, the religious imagination, constructions of tradition, iconography, or media. In addition, the formation of religious communities, their construction of identity, and their relation to society and the wider public are key issues of this series.

Between Medieval Men

Male Friendship and Desire in Early Medieval English Literature

Author: David Clark

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191567884

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

View: 9483


Between Medieval Men argues for the importance of synoptically examining the whole range of same-sex relations in the Anglo-Saxon period, revisiting well-known texts and issues (as well as material often considered marginal) from a radically different perspective. The introductory chapters first lay out the premises underlying the book and its critical context, then emphasise the need to avoid modern cultural assumptions about both male-female and male-male relationships, and underline the paramount place of homosocial bonds in Old English literature. Part II then investigates the construction of and attitudes to same-sex acts and identities in ethnographic, penitential, and theological texts, ranging widely throughout the Old English corpus and drawing on Classical, Medieval Latin, and Old Norse material. Part III expands the focus to homosocial bonds in Old English literature in order to explore the range of associations for same-sex intimacy and their representation in literary texts such as Genesis A, Beowulf, The Battle of Maldon, The Dream of the Rood, The Phoenix, and Ælfric's Lives of Saints. During the course of the book's argument, David Clark uncovers several under-researched issues and suggests fruitful approaches for their investigation. He concludes that, in omitting to ask certain questions of Anglo-Saxon material, in being too willing to accept the status quo indicated by the extant corpus, in uncritically importing invisible (because normative) heterosexist assumptions in our reading, we risk misrepresenting the diversity and complexity that a more nuanced approach to issues of gender and sexuality suggests may be more genuinely characteristic of the period.

The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe

Author: Judith M. Bennett,Ruth Mazo Karras

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191667307

Category: History

Page: 642

View: 5332


The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe provides a comprehensive overview of the gender rules encountered in Europe in the period between approximately 500 and 1500 C.E. The essays collected in this volume speak to interpretative challenges common to all fields of women's and gender history - that is, how best to uncover the experiences of ordinary people from archives formed mainly by and about elite males, and how to combine social histories of lived experiences with cultural histories of gendered discourses and identities. The collection focuses on Western Europe in the Middle Ages but offers some consideration of medieval Islam and Byzantium. The Handbook is structured into seven sections: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim thought; law in theory and practice; domestic life and material culture; labour, land, and economy; bodies and sexualities; gender and holiness; and the interplay of continuity and change throughout the medieval period. It contains material from some of the foremost scholars in this field, and it not only serves as the major reference text in medieval and gender studies, but also provides an agenda for future new research.

The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Christianity

Author: John H. Arnold

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191015016

Category: History

Page: 640

View: 4010


The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Christianity takes as its subject the beliefs, practices, and institutions of the Christian Church between 400 and 1500AD. It addresses topics ranging from early medieval monasticism to late medieval mysticism, from the material wealth of the Church to the spiritual exercises through which certain believers might attempt to improve their souls. Each chapter tells a story, but seeks also to ask how and why 'Christianity' took particular forms at particular moments in history, paying attention to both the spiritual and otherwordly aspects of religion, and the material and political contexts in which they were often embedded. This Handbook is a landmark academic collection that presents cutting-edge interpretive perspectives on medieval religion for a wide academic audience, drawing together thirty key scholars in the field from the United States, the UK, and Europe. Notably, the Handbook is arranged thematically, and focusses on an analytical, rather than narrative, approach, seeking to demonstrate the variety, change, and complexity of religion throughout this long period, and the numerous different ways in which modern scholarship can approach it. While providing a very wide-ranging view of the subject, it also offers an important agenda for further study in the field.

Magical Thinking

History, Possibility and the Idea of the Occult

Author: Stuart McWilliams

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441116974

Category: History

Page: 200

View: 7126


Examining how scholarly writing has contended or conspired with discourses of enchantment from the Middle Ages to the present.

Christianity and Romance in Medieval England

Author: Rosalind Field,Phillipa Hardman,Michelle Sweeney

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 184384219X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 204

View: 4821


Essays examining the genre of medieval romance in its cultural Christian context, bringing out its chameleon-like character.

A History of English Laughter

Laughter from Beowulf to Beckett and Beyond

Author: Manfred Pfister

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042012882

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 201

View: 5646


Is there a 'history' of laughter? Or isn't laughter an anthropological constant rather and thus beyond history, a human feature that has defined humanity ashomo ridens from cave man and cave woman to us? The contributors to this collection of essays believe that laughter does have a history and try to identify continuities and turning points of this history by studying a series of English texts, both canonical and non-canonical, from Anglosaxon to contemporary. As this is not another book on the history of the comic or of comedy it does not restrict itself to comic genres; some of the essays actually go out of their way to discover laughter at the margins of texts where one would not have expected it all – in Beowulf, or Paradise Lost or the Gothic Novel. Laughter at the margins of texts, which often coincides with laughter from the margins of society and its orthodoxies, is one of the special concerns of this book. This goes together with an interest in 'impure' forms of laughter – in laughter that is not the serene and intellectually or emotionally distanced response to a comic stimulus which is at the heart of many philosophical theories of the comic, but emotionally disturbed and troubled, aggressive and transgressive, satanic and sardonic laughter. We do not ask, then, what is comic, but: who laughs at and with whom where, when, why, and how?