Medieval Fabrications / Edition 1

Medieval Fabrications / Edition 1

by E. Jane Burns
     
 

ISBN-10: 1403961875

ISBN-13: 9781403961877

Pub. Date: 09/04/2004

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

The varied cultural functions of dress, textiles, and clothwork are used in this collection of essays to examine long-standing assumptions about the Middle Ages. At one end of the spectrum, questions of dress call up feminist theoretical investigations into the body and subjectivity, while broadening those inquiries to include theories of masculinity and queer…  See more details below

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The varied cultural functions of dress, textiles, and clothwork are used in this collection of essays to examine long-standing assumptions about the Middle Ages. At one end of the spectrum, questions of dress call up feminist theoretical investigations into the body and subjectivity, while broadening those inquiries to include theories of masculinity and queer identity as well. At the other extreme, the production and distribution of textiles carries us into the domain of economic history and the study of material commodities, trade and cultural patterns of exchange within western Europe and between east and west. Contributors to this volume represent a broad array of disciplines currently involved in rethinking medieval culture in terms of the material world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403961877
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
09/04/2004
Series:
New Middle Ages Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
966,220
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : why textiles make a difference1
1Text and textile : Lydgate's tapestry poems19
2Tristan slippers : an image of adultery or a symbol of marriage?35
3Dressing and undressing the clergy : rates of ordination and degradation55
4Uncovering Griselda : Christine de Pizan, "une seule chemise," and the clerical tradition : Boccaccio, Petrarch, Philippe de Mezieres and the Menagier de Paris71
5"This skill in a woman is by no means to be despised" : weaving and the gender division of labor in the Middle Ages89
6Tucks and darts : adjusting patterns to fit figures for stained glass windows around 1200105
7Limiting yardage and changes of clothes : sumptuary legislation in thirteenth-century France, Languedoc, and Italy121
8Material and symbolic gift giving : clothes in English and French wills137
9Cloth from the promised land : appropriated Islamic tiraz in twelfth-century French sculpture147
10Almeria silk and the French feudal imaginary : toward a "material" history of the medieval Mediterranean165
11How philosophy matters : death, sex, clothes, and Boethius177
12Flayed skin as objet a : representation and materiality in Guillaume de Deguileville's Pelerinage de vie humaine193

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