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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, [1988]
Series: New historicism.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : First paperback [edition]View 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
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Caroline Walker Bynum
ISBN: 0520063295 9780520063297 0520057228 9780520057227
OCLC Number: 38974932
Notes: Originally published in 1987.
Description: xvi, 444 pages, 30 pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part 1. The background. Religious women in the later Middle Ages ; Fast and feast : the historical background --
Part 2. The evidence. Food as a female concern : the complexity of the evidence ; Food in the lives of women saints ; Food in the writings of women mystics --
Part 3. The explanation. Food as control of self ; Food as control of circumstance ; The meaning of food : food as physicality ; Woman as body and as food ; Women's symbols.
Series Title: New historicism.
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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