The Surgeon in Medieval English Literature / Edition 1by J. Citrome
Pub. Date: 06/05/2007
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Jeremy Citrome employs the language of contemporary psychoanalysis to explain how surgical metaphors became an important tool of ecclesiastical power in the wake of the Fourth Lateran Council of 1215. Pastoral, theological, recreational, and medical writings are among the texts discussed in this wide-ranging study.
Table of ContentsPART ONE: MEDICINE AS METAPHOR Introduction: Medieval Surgery and the Social Power of Metaphor The Wounds of Sin PART TWO: DAMNATION AND SALVATION Surgery as Damnation: Cleanness Surgery as Salvation: The Siege of Jerusalem PART THREE: SURGERY AND SELFHOOD Surgery and the Surgeon: The Practica of John Arderne Surgery and the Priest: The Penitential Poetry of John Audelay Surgery and the Secular Reader: "Betere is hire medycyn" Conclusion: Whole and Sound?
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