Impolitic Bodies: Poetry, Saints, and Society in Fifteenth-Century England / Edition 1

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Examines the first collection of all female saints' lives in any language: Legends of Holy Women composed by the English Augustianian friar Osbern Bokenham between 1443 and 1447., and sets it in the context of succession crises, war and the connection of women to political power during the 14th and 15th centuries.
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John M. Ganim
"Impolitic Bodies," with its exquisite literary and historical contextualization, powerful analysis, and magisterial scope, ranks as one of the best books ever published on a fifteenth-century author. -- John M. Ganim
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195109894
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: 1400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheila Delany is Professor of English at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. She is the author of such books as Chaucer's House of Fame: The Politics of Skeptical Fideism, The Naked Text: Chaucer's Legend of Good Women and Writing Woman, Medieval and Modern.

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Table of Contents

1 Introductions 3
2 The Literary Corpus 29
3 The Friar as Critic 44
4 Impolitic Bodies I: Head, Feet, Face, Womb 70
5 Impolitic Bodies II: Tongue, Mouth, Language 89
6 Impolitic Bodies III: Breast, Genital, Gut, and All 106
7 The Body Politic 127
8 Sexual-Textual Politics 160
8 Last Things and Afterlives 185
Notes 205
Bibliography 215
Index 233
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