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The Monstrous Middle Ages
The figure of the monster in medieval culture functions as a vehicle for a range of intellectual and spiritual inquiries, from questions of language and representation to issues of moral, theological, and cultural value. Monstrosity is bound up with questions of body image and deformity, nature and knowledge, hybridity and horror. To explore a culture's attitudes to the mo ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published January 30th 2004 by University of Toronto Press
(first published November 23rd 2003)
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The least of the essays in this collection at least supported things I already knew about medieval representations of monsters with interesting examples. The best, however, were really eye opening, discussing broader issues of monstrosity's role in medieval culture while also examining such fascinating issues as three-headed representations of Christ and whether or not Jewish men menstruate (Spoiler alert for any medical racists reading this: they don't).