Medieval Saints’ Lives
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Series: Gallica

Series Vol. Number: 12

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Medieval Saints' Lives

The Gift, Kinship and Community in Old French Hagiography

by Emma Campbell

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The significance of Old French hagiography in current theoretical debates in medieval studies and the humanities.

Contending that the study of hagiography is significant both for a consideration of medieval literature and for current theoretical debates in medieval studies, this book considers a range of Old French and Anglo-Norman texts, using modern theories of kinship and community to show how saints' lives construe social and sexual relations. Focusing on the depiction of the gift, kinship and community, the book maintains that social and sexual systems play a keyrole in vernacular hagiography. Such systems, along with the desires they produce and control, are, it is argued, central to hagiography's religious functions, particularly its role as a vehicle of community formation. In attempting to think beyond the limits of human relationships, saints' lives nonetheless create an environment in which queer desires and modes of connection become possible, suggesting that, in this case at least, the orthodox nurtures the queer. This book thus suggests not only that medieval hagiography is worthy of greater attention but also that this corpus might provide an important resource for theorizing community in its medieval contexts and for thinking it in the present.

EMMA CAMPBELL is Associate Professor of French at the University of Warwick.
Introduction
The Gift, Sacrifice and Social Economy
The Gender of the Gift
Incest and Life at the Limits of the Social
Marriage and Queer Desire
Textual Community
Queer Community
The Campsey Manuscript [London, BL, Additional 70513]
Oxford, Bodleian, Canonici Miscellaneous 74
Conclusion
Tables
Appendices
Bibliography

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Title Details

292 Pages

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6 colour illus.

Series: Gallica

Series Vol. Number: 12

Imprint: D.S.Brewer