Yale French Studies, Number 86

Corps Mystique, Corps Sacré: Textual Transfigurations of the Body from the Middle Ages to the Seventeenth Century

Edited by Françoise Jaouën and Benjamin Semple

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This volume examines the variety of textual incarnations of the sacred and mystical body in French texts of the Medieval and Early modern period. Scholars examine Old French hagiography, epic and romance; Renaissance court ballet; seventeenth-century political treatises, memoirs of royal wedding ceremonies; and utopian, satirical, philosophical and didactic literature. The intellectual scope of the volume covers topics as diverse as medieval scholasticism, the representation of Pascal’s dead body, seventeenth-century political thought, relations between representations of the male and female body, and the foundations of modern scientific notions of the body.

"A wealth of insight and a diversity of perspectives awaits the reader of this intriguing collection. Corps Mystique, Corps Sacré will appeal to an interdisciplinary audience. While some readers will find an essay or two of special interest, those who choose to immerse themselves in the collection as a whole will be well rewarded by a sophisticated and challenging overview that raises as many questions as it answers."—Jacqueline Murray, Sixteenth Century Journal

ISBN: 9780300061932
Publication Date: September 10, 1994
214 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
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