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Crying in the Middle Ages : tears of history

Author: Elina Gertsman
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2012.
Series: Routledge studies in medieval religion and culture, 10.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Sacred and profane, public and private, emotive and ritualistic, internal and embodied, medieval weeping served as a culturally charged prism for a host of social, visual, cognitive, and linguistic performances. Crying in the Middle Ages addresses the place of tears in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic cultural discourses, providing a key resource for scholars interested in exploring medieval notions of emotion,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Cross-cultural studies
Early works
History
Early works to 1800
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elina Gertsman
ISBN: 9780415889858 0415889855
OCLC Number: 773257988
Description: xxx, 320 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 'Going they went and wept' : tears in medieval discourse / Elina Gertsman --
Considerations of weeping and sincerity in the Middle Ages / Lyn A. Blanchfield --
Women mourners in Byzantine art, literature, and society / Henry Maguire --
The Eve fragment from Autun and the emotionalism of pilgrimage / Marian Bleeke --
Weeping women : social roles and images in fourteenth-century Tuscany / Judith Steinhoff --
The paradoxical rhetoric of tears : looking at the Madrid Descent from the Cross / Felix Thürlemann --
A penitent prepares : affect, contrition, and tears / Christopher Swift --
'He cried and made others cry' : crying as a sign of pietistic authenticity or deception in medieval Islamic preaching / Linda G. Jones --
Si puose calcina a' propi occhi : the importance of the gift of tears for thirteenth-century religious women and their hagiographers / Kimberley-Joy Knight --
Weeping as discourse between heaven and earth : the transformative power of tears in medieval Jewish literature / Rachel S. Mikva --
The shedding of tears in late Anglo-Saxon England / Tracey-Ann Cooper --
Tears and trial : weeping as forensic evidence in Piers plowman / Katherine K. O'Sullivan --
A sorrowful song : on tears in Chrétien de Troyes's Philomena / Irit Ruth Kleiman --
Crying in public and in private : tears and crying in medieval German literature / Albrecht Classen --
Transmitting despair by manuscript and print / Barbara H. Rosenwein.
Series Title: Routledge studies in medieval religion and culture, 10.
Responsibility: edited by Elina Gertsman.

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"Sacred and profane, public and private, emotive and ritualistic, internal and embodied, medieval weeping served as a culturally charged prism for a host of social, visual, cognitive, and linguistic performances. Crying in the Middle Ages addresses the place of tears in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic cultural discourses, providing a key resource for scholars interested in exploring medieval notions of emotion, gesture, and sensory experience in a variety of cultural contexts. Gertsman brings together essays that establish a series of conversations with one another, foregrounding essential questions about the different ways that crying was seen, heard, perceived, expressed, and transmitted throughout the Middle Ages. In acknowledging the porous nature of visual and verbal evidence, this collection foregrounds the necessity to read language, image, and experience together in order to envision the complex notions of medieval crying."--

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