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Consuming Narratives

Gender and Monstrous Appetite in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Edited by Liz Herbert McAvoy and Teresa Walters

Edited by Liz Herbert McAvoy and Teresa Walters

Distributed for University of Wales Press

257 pages | 8-3/5 x 6 | © 2002
Cloth $44.95 ISBN: 9780708317433 Published July 2002 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9780708317426 Published July 2002 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

While moralists may stress the importance of the proper management of appetite, medieval and early modern narratives are full of images of monstrous and deformed appetites running out of control. Consuming Narratives examines the significance of these concepts, metaphors and narratives of appetite for understanding gender, politics, race and nation in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

The essays in this wide-ranging collection consider appetite in relation to sexual and textual consumption, monstrous bodies, and genders, races and nations. Each section is introduced by a leading academic in the field, while individual papers deal with a variety of texts, from the Revelations of Divine Love to Massinger’s The Sea Voyage, and cover topics ranging from trade and colonialism to vampires, witchcraft and the sheela-na-gig figure.

Consuming Narratives analyses representations of monstrous appetites, highlights the role of consumption within narrative practices and considers the ways in which appetites and ideas about them contributed to the production of textual, human and national bodies. It will be an essential book for all those interested in the intersections of gender, politics and narrative in the medieval and early modern periods.

Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword and Acknowledgements

List of Editors and Contributors

 

1.    Introduction

       Liz Herbert McAvoy and Teresa Walters

 

I      Sexual / Textual Consumption

 

2.    The Monstrosity of the Moral Pig and Other Unnatural Ruminations

       Nicholas Watson

 

3.    Consuming Passions in Book VIII of John Gower's Confessio Amantis

        Diane Watt

 

4.    Consuming the Body of the Working Man in the Later Middle Ages

       Isabel Davies

 

5.    Reproductive Rites: Anne Askew and the Female Body as Witness in the Acts and Monuments

       Kimberly Anne Coles

 

6.    ‘Such Stowage as These Trinkets’: Trading and Tasting Women in Fletcher and Massinger’s The Sea Voyage (1622)

       Teresa Walters

 

7.    ‘Antipodean Tricks’: Travel, Gender and Monstrousness in Richard Brome's The Antipodes

       Claire Jowitt

 

II    Monstrous Bodies

 

8.    Monstrosity and the Mercurial Female Imagination

       Margo Hendricks

 

9.    Bloodsuckers: The Construction of Female Sexuality in Medieval Science and Fiction

       Bettina Bildhauer

 

10.  Sheela’s Voracity and Victorian Veracity

       Emma L. E. Rees

 

11.  ‘Ant nes he him seolf reclus i maries wombe?’: Julian of Norwich, the Anchorhold, and the Redemption of the Monstrous Female Body

       Elizabeth Herbert McAvoy

 

12.  Fountains and Strange Women in the Bower of Bliss: Eastern Contexts for Acrasia and her Community

       Marion D. Hollings

 

13.  Monstrous Tyrannical Appetites: ‘& what wonderfull monsters have there now lately ben borne in Englande’

       Margaret Healy

 

III  Consuming Genders, Races, Nations

 

14.  Reading Between and Beyond the Lines

       Andrew Hadfield

 

15.  The Devil in Disguise: Perverse Female Origins of the Nation

       Ruth Evans

 

16.  Monstrous (M)othering: The Representation of the Sowdanesse in Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale

       Sue Niebrzydowski

 

17.  An Ethiopian History: Reading Race and Skin Colour in Early Modern Versions of Heliodorus’ Aithiopika

       Sujata Iyengar

 

18.  Monstrous Generation: Witchcraft and Narrative in Othello

       Kirstie Gulick Rosenfield

 

Select Bibliography

Index

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