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Holy feast and holy fast : the religious significance of food to medieval women

Author: Caroline Walker Bynum
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, [1987] ©1987
Series: New historicism.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explores the ways in which food practices enabled women to exert control within the family and to define their religious vocations. This title describes what women meant by seeing their own bodies  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Student Collection
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Caroline Walker Bynum
ISBN: 0520057228 9780520057227 0520063295 9780520063297
OCLC Number: 12974306
Description: xvi, 444 pages, 30 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Religious women in the later Middle Ages. New opportunities ; Female spirituality : diversities and unity --
Fast and feast : the historical background. Fasting in antiquity and the high Middle Ages ; A medieval change : from bread of heaven to the body broken --
Food as a female concern : the complexity of the evidence. Quantitative and fragmentary evidence for women's concern with food ; Men's lives and writings : a comparison --
Food in the lives of women saints. The low countries ; France and Germany ; Italy --
Food in the writings of women mystics. Hadewijch and Beatrice of Nazareth ; Catherine of Siena and Catherine of Genoa --
Food as control of self. Was women's fasting anorexia nervosa? ; Food as control of body : the ascetic context and the question of dualism --
Food as control of circumstance. Food and family ; Food practices and religious roles ; Food practices as rejection of moderation --
The meaning of food : food as physicality. Food and flesh as pleasure and pain ; The late medieval concern with physicality --
Woman as body and as food. Woman as symbol of humanity ; Woman's body as food --
Women's symbols. The meaning of symbolic reversal ; Men's use of female symbols ; Women's symbols as continuity.
Series Title: New historicism.
Other Titles: Religious significance of food to medieval women
Responsibility: Caroline Walker Bynum.

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"A rich, positive and thoughtful description of the way some medieval women managed to control and develop their own subjectivities and social roles."--"Women's Review of Books

 
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