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Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed June 26, 2015).
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Part I: Mary the Physician -- Mary the Physician: Women, Religion and Medicine in the Middle Ages / Diane Watt -- Chaucer's Physicians: Raising Questions of Authority / Roberta Magnani -- PART II: Female Mysticism and Metaphors of Illness -- Heavenly Vision and Psychosomatic Healing: Medical Discourse in Mechtild of Hackeborn's the Booke of Gostlye Grace / Naoë Kukita 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 -- Part III: Fifteenth-Century Poetry and Theological Pro -- 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 -- Part IV: Disfigurement and Disability -- 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.
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 interrogate this 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. Naoë 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, Naoë Kukita Yoshikawa.
Yoshikawa, Naoë Kukita, editor.
Print version: Medicine, religion, and gender in medieval culture. Cambridge : D.S. Brewer, 2015 9781843844013 (DLC) 2015431138 (OCoLC)898161794
9781782045137 (electronic bk.)
1782045139 (electronic bk.)