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Becoming human : the matter of the medieval child

Author: J Allan Mitchell
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Becoming Human argues that human identity was articulated and extended across a wide range of textual, visual, and artifactual assemblages from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries. J. Allan Mitchell shows how the formation of the child expresses a manifold and mutable style of being. To be human is to learn to dwell among a welter of things. A searching and provocative historical inquiry into human becoming, the  Read more...
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Mitchell, J. Allan (John Allan), 1971-
Becoming human.
(DLC) 2013037982
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: J Allan Mitchell
ISBN: 1452941564 9781452941561 9781452949529 1452949522
OCLC Number: 900169259
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (xxx, 249 pages .)
Contents: Being Born --
Childish Things --
The Mess --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: J. Allan Mitchell.

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"Becoming Human argues that human identity was articulated and extended across a wide range of textual, visual, and artifactual assemblages from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries. J. Allan Mitchell shows how the formation of the child expresses a manifold and mutable style of being. To be human is to learn to dwell among a welter of things. A searching and provocative historical inquiry into human becoming, the book presents a set of idiosyncratic essays on embryology and infancy, play and games, and manners, meals, and other messes. While it makes significant contributions to medieval scholarship on the body, family, and material culture, Becoming Human theorizes anew what might be called a medieval ecological imaginary. Mitchell examines a broad array of phenomenal objects--including medical diagrams, toy knights, tableware, conduct texts, dream visions, and scientific instruments--and in the process reanimates distinctly medieval ontologies. In addressing the emergence of the human in the later Middle Ages, Mitchell identifies areas where humanity remains at risk. In illuminating the past, he shines fresh light on our present"--

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"No work of scholarship has so engrossed me in a long while. Becoming Human is one of the best books published in medieval studies in the past decade."-J J Cohen, In the Middle blog"Becoming Human. . Read more...

 
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