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Sight and embodiment in the Middle Ages

Author: Suzannah Biernoff
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.
Series: New Middle Ages (Palgrave Macmillan (Firm))
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Sight and Embodiment in the Middle Ages traces the intersections between vision, knowledge and embodiment in the period around 1200. On this basis alone it fills a significant gap in the study of visual cultures - a subject of increasing interest to historians, artists and theorists. Recent accounts of Western ocularcentrism have stressed the distancing and objectifying features of modern ways of seeing and  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Suzannah Biernoff
ISBN: 033396120X 9780333961209
OCLC Number: 48475049
Notes: Series statement on jacket.
Description: viii, 248 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Medieval Vision in Perspective --
1. Flesh --
Disordered Bodies --
Medieval Dualism and the Denigration of the Flesh --
Body and Flesh in the Augustinian Tradition --
St. Augustine's Wives: Body, Flesh and the Feminine --
The Shadow of Carnality: Bernard of Clairvaux's Allegories of the Flesh --
Blessed Bodies --
2. The Eye of the Flesh --
Original Sin and the Fall of Vision --
Ocular Erotica: Commentaries on the Sexuality of Sight --
The Wounding Gaze --
Ocular Chastity and the Vulnerable Eye --
Theorising the Medieval Gaze --
3. Scientific Visions --
Scientific Curiosity and the Legitimacy of Experimental Knowledge --
The Optical Abstractions of Robert Grosseteste --
Roger Bacon's Veridical Eye --
Picturing Vision: Bacon's Theory of Species --
The Perceptual Continuum --
4. The Optical Body --
Reciprocal Vision --
Vision and Distance --
The Disembodied Eye --
Seeing and Feeling --
Perceptual Conception --
Optical Desire and the Pleasures of Science --
5. The Custody of the Eyes --
Polarity and Analogy --
Bernard of Clairvaux and the Cloistered Gaze --
Distracting the Flesh: Augustine's Theory of Attention --
The Internal Sense as Censor --
The Transports of Analogy --
Sublimating Sensation and the Ocular Sublime --
6. Ocular Communion --
Imitatio Christi --
Ocular Communion --
The Man of Sorrows --
Carnal Mediations --
Interpenetration: the Perspective of the Flesh --
Rethinking Ocularcentrism.
Series Title: New Middle Ages (Palgrave Macmillan (Firm))
Responsibility: Suzannah Biernoff.
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This book breaks new ground by bringing postmodern writings on vision and embodiment into dialogue with medieval texts and images: an interdisciplinary strategy that illuminates and complicates both  Read more...

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'This is a book which should make us rethink our assumptions relating to the medieval body and ways of seeing.' - Megan Cassidy-Welch, H-France

 
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