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Of Giants : Sex, Monsters, and the Middle Ages.

Author: Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 1999.
Series: Medieval cultures.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English
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A monster lurks at the heart of medieval identity, and this book seeks him out. Reading a set of medieval texts in which giants and dismemberment figure prominently, Jeffrey Jerome Cohen brings a critical psychoanalytic perspective to bear on the question of identity formationparticularly masculine identityin narrative representation. This is a compelling inquiry into the phenomenon of giants and giant-slaying in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
ISBN: 9780816689606 0816689601
OCLC Number: 476094646
Description: 1 online resource (258 pages).
Contents: Acknowledgments; Introduction: The Intimate Stranger; 1. The Ruins of Identity; 2. Monstrous Origin: Body, Nation, Family; 3. The Body in Pieces: Identity and the Monstrous in Romance; 4. The Giant of Self-Figuration: Diminishing Masculinity in Chaucer's "Tale of Sir Thopas"; 5. The Body Hybrid: Giants, Dog-Men, and Becoming Inhuman; 6. Exorbitance; Afterword: Transhistoricity; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Medieval cultures.

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A monster lurks at the heart of medieval identity, and this book seeks him out. Reading a set of medieval texts in which giants and dismemberment figure prominently, Jeffrey Jerome Cohen brings a critical psychoanalytic perspective to bear on the question of identity formationparticularly masculine identityin narrative representation. This is a compelling inquiry into the phenomenon of giants and giant-slaying in various texts from the Anglo-Saxon period to late Middle English, including Beowulf, several works by Chaucer, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

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