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Medieval Blood

Medieval Blood is the first interdisciplinary account of one of the most crucial elements of the medieval imagination: blood. Taking blood and bodies seriously, this volume uses cutting-edge theory to propose that blood possesses the ability to shape the body as a distinct identity, transforming it from an unenclosed, diverse, and not unified vessel into a whole distinct from its surroundings—all through various strategies of discourse and investigation, each of which rely “wholeheartedly” on blood.

245 pages | © 2006

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Series Editors’ Preface
Introduction: Making Bodies through Blood
1     The Secret of Blood
2     Blood Taboos
3     Bodies that Form
4     Bloodiness

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