Fragmentation and Redemption: Essays on Gender and the Human Body in Medieval Religion / Edition 1

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Overview

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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In 1188, the Benedictine monk Gervase of Canterbury wrote that, compared to the plodding chronicler, "the historian proceeds diffusely and elegantly." On the strength of her writing style and her sophisticated, sensitive deployment of prodigious knowledge, Caroline Bynum is surely a historian by Gervase"s standards.... She provides an encouraging model for both historical endeavor and the management of an increasingly fragmented modern existence." Christopher
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780942299625
  • Publisher: Zone Books
  • Publication date: 9/9/1992
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 426
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet 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).
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