By Lynda L. Coon
In Dark Age Bodies Lynda L. Coon reconstructs the gender ideology of monastic masculinity via an research of early medieval readings of the physique. targeting the Carolingian period, Coon evaluates the ritual and liturgical performances of monastic our bodies in the inventive landscapes of same-sex ascetic groups in northern Europe. She demonstrates how the priestly physique performs an important function in shaping significant points of Carolingian background, corresponding to the revival of classicism, activities for clerical reform, and church-state kinfolk. within the political realm, Carolingian churchmen regularly exploited monastic structures of gender to claim the facility of the monastery. Stressing some of the best features of priestly virility, clerical elites cast a version of gender that sought to feminize lay male our bodies via a number of textual, ritual, and spatial means.
Focusing on 3 critical themes—the physique, structure, and formality practice—the ebook attracts from quite a few visible and textual fabrics, together with poetry, grammar manuals, rhetorical treatises, biblical exegesis, monastic rules, hagiographies, illuminated manuscripts, construction plans, and cloister layout. Interdisciplinary in scope, Dark Age Bodies brings jointly scholarship in architectural heritage and cultural anthropology with fresh works in faith, classics, and gender to provide an important reconsideration of Carolingian culture.
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