Rites of Passage
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15th November 2004

186 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Imprint: York Medieval Press

Rites of Passage

Cultures of Transition in the Fourteenth Century

Edited by Nicola F McDonald and W.M. Ormrod

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A wide variety of texts (from chronicles to Chaucer) studied for evidence of medieval attitudes towards the processes of change as they affected individuals at all points of their lives.
Rites of passage is a term and concept more used than considered. Here, for the first time, its implications are applied and tested in the field of medieval studies: medievalists from a range of disciplines consider the varioustheoretical models - folklorist, anthropological, psychoanalytical - that can be used to analyse cultures of transition in the history and literature of fourteenth-century Europe. Ranging over a wide variety of texts, from chronicles to romances, from priests' manuals to courtesy books, from state records to the writings of Chaucer, Gower and Froissart, the contributors identify and analyse medieval attitudes to the process of change in lifecycle, status,gender and power. A substantive introduction by Miri Rubin draws together the ideas and materials discussed in the book to illustrate the relevance and importance of anthropology to the study of medieval culture.

Contributors: JOEL BURDEN, PATRICIA CULLUM, ISABEL DAVIS, JANE GILBERT, SARAH KAY, MARK ORMROD, HELEN PHILLIPS, MIRI RUBIN, SHARON WELLS.

NICOLA F. McDONALD is Lecturer in Medieval Literature, the late W.M ORMROD was Professor of Medieval History, University of York.
Introduction: Rites of Passage - Miri Rubin
Re-writing a Rite of Passage: The Peculiar Funeral of Edward II - Joel Burden
Coming to Kingship: Boy Kings and the Passage to Power in Fourteenth-Century England - W. Mark Ormrod
Boy/Man into Clerk/Priest: The Making of the Late Medieval Clergy - P H Cullum
Manners Maketh Man: Living, Dining and Becoming a Man in the Later Middle Ages - Sharon Wells
Rites of Passage in French and English Romances - Helen Phillips
Becoming Woman in Chaucer: `On ne naît pas femme, on le meurt' - Jane Gilbert
John Gower's Fear of Flying: Transitional Masculinities in the Confessio Amantis -
`Le moment de conclure': Initiation as Retrospection in Froissart's Dits amoureux - H S Kay

W M Ormrod is Professor of Medieval History at the University of York.

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Title Details

15th November 2004

186 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Imprint: York Medieval Press