Medicine, religion and gender in medieval culture


Medicine, religion and gender in medieval culture

edited by Naoë Kukita Yoshikawa

(Gender in the Middle Ages, v. 11)

D.S. Brewer, 2015

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Bibliography: p. 249-279

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An exploration of the relations between medical and religious discourse and practice in medieval culture, focussing on how they are affected by gender. Current preoccupations with the body have led to a growing interest in the intersections between religion, literature and the history of medicine, and, more specifically, how they converge within a given culture. This collection of essays explores the ways in which aspects of medieval culture were predicated upon an interaction between medical and religious discourses, particularly those inflected by contemporary gendered ideologies. The essays interrogatethis convergence broadly in a number of different ways: textually, conceptually, historically, socially and culturally. They argue for an inextricable relationship between the physical and spiritual in accounts of health, illness and disability, and demonstrate how medical, religious and gender discourses were integrated in medieval culture. Naoe Kukita Yoshikawa is Professor of English in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Shizuoka University. Contributors: Louise M. Bishop, Elma Brenner, Joy Hawkins, Roberta Magnani, Takami Matsuda, Liz Herbert McAvoy, Irina Metzler, Denis Renevey, Patricia Skinner, Juliette Vuille, Diane Watt, Naoe Kukita Yoshikawa.


Introduction - Naoe Kutika Yoshikawa Mary the Physician: Women, Religion and Medicine in the Middle Ages - Diane Watt Chaucer's Physicians: Raising Questions of Authority - Roberta Magnani Heavenly Vision and Psychosomatic Healing: Medical Discourse in Mechtild of Hackeborn's the Booke of Gostlye Grace - Naoe Kutika Yoshikawa Bathing in Blood: The Medicinal Cures of Anchoritic Devotion - Liz Herbert McAvoy "Maybe I'm Crazy?" Diagnosis and Contextualisation of Medieval Female Mystics - Juliette Vuille Purgatory and Spiritual Healing in John Audelay's Poems - Takami Matsuda Reginald Pecock's Reading Heart and the Health of Body and Soul - Louise M Bishop Disabled Children: Birth Defects, Causality and Guilt - Irina Metzler Marking the Face, Curing the Soul? Reading the Disfigurement of Women in the Later Middle Ages - Patricia Skinner Did Drunkenness Dim the Sight? Medieval Understandings and Responses to Blindness in Medical and Religious Discourse - Joy Hawkins Between Palliative Care and Curing the Soul: Medical and Religious Responses to Leprosy in France and England, c.1100-c.1500 - Elma Brenner Afterword - Denis Renevey Select Bibliography

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