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The Modulated Scream: Pain in Late Medieval Culture

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In the late medieval era, pain could be a symbol of holiness, disease, sin, or truth. It could be encouragement to lead a moral life, a punishment for wrong doing, or a method of healing. Exploring the varied depictions and descriptions of pain—from martyrdom narratives to practices of torture and surgery—The Modulated Scream attempts to decode this culture of suffering i

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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 15th 2010 by University Of Chicago Press
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For the most part, this is a tightly-argued and well-organized contribution to studies in medieval culture and it is certainly an important resource for scholars working on the subject of pain in any field of medieval studies, with particular implications for specialists in medical, theological, and legal matters. Although Cohen does not directly deal with literary and visual representations of pain, scholars interested in examining the presence and construction of pain and suffering in medieval ...more
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