Medieval Monstrosity and the Female Body

Medieval Monstrosity and the Female Body

Author: Sarah Alison Miller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136923517

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 226

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The medieval monster is a slippery construct, and its referents include a range of religious, racial, and corporeal aberrations. In this study, Miller argues that one incarnation of monstrosity in the Middle Ages—the female body—exists in special relation to medieval teratology insofar as it resists the customary marginalization that defined most other monstrous groups in the Middle Ages. Though medieval maps located the monstrous races on the distant margins of the civilized world, the monstrous female body took the form of mother, sister, wife, and daughter. It was, therefore, pervasive, proximate, and necessary on social, sexual, and reproductive grounds. Miller considers several significant texts representing authoritative discourses on female monstrosity in the Middle Ages: the Pseudo-Ovidian poem, De vetula (The Old Woman); a treatise on human generation erroneously attributed to Albert the Great, De secretis mulierum (On the Secrets of Women), and Julian of Norwich’s Showings. Through comparative analysis, Miller grapples with the monster’s semantic flexibility while simultaneously working towards a composite image of late-medieval female monstrosity whose features are stable enough to define. Whether this body is discursively constructed as an Ovidian body, a medicalized body, or a mystical body, its corporeal boundaries fail to form properly: it is a body out of bounds.
Medieval Monstrosity and the Female Body
Language: en
Pages: 226
Authors: Sarah Alison Miller
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-07-02 - Publisher: Routledge

The medieval monster is a slippery construct, and its referents include a range of religious, racial, and corporeal aberrations. In this study, Miller argues that one incarnation of monstrosity in the Middle Ages—the female body—exists in special relation to medieval teratology insofar as it resists the customary marginalization that defined
Motherhood and Meaning in Medieval Sculpture
Language: en
Pages: 199
Authors: Marian Bleeke
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017 - Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

An examination of women as mothers in medieval French sculpture.
The Marvellous and the Monstrous in the Sculpture of Twelfth-century Europe
Language: en
Pages: 204
Authors: Kirk Ambrose
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013 - Publisher: Boydell Press

Richly-illustrated consideration of the meaning of the carvings of non-human beings, from centaurs to eagles, found in ecclesiastical settings.
The Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous
Language: en
Pages: 602
Authors: Asa Simon Mittman, Peter Dendle
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012 - Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

The field of monster studies has grown significantly over the past few years and this companion provides a comprehensive guide to the study of monsters and the monstrous from historical, regional and thematic perspectives. The collection reflects the truly multi-disciplinary nature of monster studies, bringing in scholars from literature, art
Holy Monsters, Sacred Grotesques
Language: en
Pages: 296
Authors: Michael E. Heyes
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-08-10 - Publisher: Lexington Books

This book explores the intersection of religion and monstrosity. The first section contains fresh research on the Middle Ages and Early Modern period, and the second explores the topic of religion and monstrosity from the Early Modern to Modern period.