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Author Walter, Katie L., 1980- author
Title Middle English mouths : late medieval medical, religious, and literary traditions / Katie L. Walter, University of Sussex
Imprint Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018
book jacket
 CLP Library  873.291 W232    AVAILABLE    30580003457236
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  PR275.M68 W232 2018    AVAILABLE    30530001393305
Descript xi, 253 pages ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Cambridge studies in medieval literature ; 105
Cambridge studies in medieval literature ; 105
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Introduction : Everyday mouths -- Natural knowledge -- The reading lesson -- Tasting, eating and knowing -- The epistemology of kissing -- Surgical habits
"The mouth, responsible for both physical and spiritual functions - eating, drinking, breathing, praying and confessing - was of immediate importance to medieval thinking about the nature of the human being. Where scholars have traditionally focused on the mouth's grotesque excesses, Katie L. Walter argues for the recuperation of its material 'everyday' aspect. Walter's original study draws on two rich archives: one comprising Middle English theology (Langland, Julian of Norwich, Lydgate, Chaucer) and pastoral writings; the other broadly medical and surgical, including learned encyclopaedias and vernacular translations and treatises. Challenging several critical orthodoxies about the centrality of sight, the hierarchy of the senses and the separation of religious from medical discourses, the book reveals the centrality of the mouth, taste and touch to human modes of knowing and to Christian identity."-- Provided by publisher
Subject Mouth in literature
English literature -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- History and criticism
Medical literature -- England -- History
Religious literature -- England -- History
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