The Meanings of Sex Difference in the Middle Ages: Medicine, Science, and Culture / Edition 1

The Meanings of Sex Difference in the Middle Ages: Medicine, Science, and Culture / Edition 1

by Joan Cadden
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521483786

ISBN-13: 9780521483780

Pub. Date: 03/28/1995

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book explores the ways in which scientific ideas about sex differences in the later Middle Ages participated in the broader cultural assumptions about gender. Professor Cadden discusses how medieval natural philosophical theories and medical notions about reproduction and sexual impulses and experiences intersected with ideas about such matters as the social

Overview

This book explores the ways in which scientific ideas about sex differences in the later Middle Ages participated in the broader cultural assumptions about gender. Professor Cadden discusses how medieval natural philosophical theories and medical notions about reproduction and sexual impulses and experiences intersected with ideas about such matters as the social roles of men and women, the purpose of marriage, and the road to salvation. Grounded in history, feminist theory, and cultural studies, The Meanings of Sex Difference in the Middle Ages should appeal to a wide range of scholars and students.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521483780
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1995
Series:
Cambridge Studies in the History of Medicine Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
648,057
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Seeds and Pleasures: The Evolution of Learned Opinions: 1. Prelude to medieval theories and debates: Greek authorities and their Latin transformations; 2. The emergence of issues and the ordering of opinions; 3. Academic questions: female and male in scholastic medicine and natural philosophy; Part II. Sex Difference and the Construction of Gender: 4. Feminine and masculine types; 5. Sterility: the pursuit of progeny and the failure of reproductive function; 6. Is sex necessary? The problem of sexual abstinence; Conclusion.

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