Bodies and disciplines intersections of literature and history in fifteenth-century England

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  • Centered on practices of the body-human bodies, the "body politic"-Bodies and Disciplines considers a fascinating and largely uncanonical group of texts, as well as public dramas, rituals, and spectacles, from multidisciplinary perspectives. The result is a volume that incorporates insights from history, literature, medieval studies, and critical theory, drawing from the strengths of each discipline to illuminate a relatively little-studied period.


  • Contains revised versions of papers originally presented at a conference, Intersections--Fifteenth-Century Literature and History, held at the University of Minnesota in April 1993.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • English


  • Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Brewing Trouble: On Literature and History-and Alewives; 2. The Body, Whole and Vulnerable, in Fifteenth-Century England; 3. ""Representyd now in yower syght"": The Culture of Spectatorship in Late-Fifteenth-Century England; 4. Ritual, Theater, and Social Space in the York Corpus Christi Cycle; 5. Finding Language for Misconduct: Jurors in Fifteenth-Century Local Courts; 6. Two Models, Two Standards: Moral Teaching and Sexual Mores; 7. Blessing from Sun and Moon: Churching as Women's Theater
  • 8. ""The Childe of Bristowe"" and the Making of Middle-Class Adolescence 9. Reciprocity and Exchange in the Late Medieval Household; 10. William Thorpe and His Lollard Community: Intellectual Labor and the Representation of Dissent; Afterword: What Happens at Intersections?; Contributors; Index
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