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Gender and the ’Natural’ Environment in the Middle Ages

A collection of essays that explore how humans understood their relationship with the environment in the Middle Ages.

Using written and visual evidence from c.1150–1500 CE—including medical, literary, and scientific works—the essays in this collection address the relationship between the human and the “natural” at a time when new worlds, new texts, and new religious experiences reshaped the individual and collective relationship with the cosmos.

272 pages | 1 color plate, 11 halftones | 9 1/4 x 6 1/4

Gender and Sexuality

History: General History

Medieval Studies

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Table of Contents

Foreword Laura Kalas
1. Introduction: Considering Nature Patricia Skinner and Theresa L. Tyers
2. Intersections of [Un]Nature, Power, and [Dis]Order: The Presentation of Elite Women in Medieval Chronicles Linda E. Mitchell
3. Gendering Treatment: Cupping by Female Practitioners in Late Medieval Visual Culture Jennifer Borland
4. Fracturing Boundaries: Domesticity and Agriculture Practices in a LateFourteenth
Century Manuscript Theresa L. Tyers
5. Distilling Nature: Raw Materials, ‘Artificial’ Remedies and the Human Body in the Later Middle Ages Elma Brenner
6. Recreating the ‘Natural World’: The Medieval Oyster and her Pearl Diane Heath
7. Amazed and Ravished in the Medieval Garden: The Space of Lesbian Desire in The Assembly of Ladies and The Floure and the Leafe Michelle M. Sauer
8. Monstrous Hybrids, Maternal Sin, and the Concept of Species in Nicole Oresme’s De causis mirabilium Tim Wingard


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