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The Resource The curse of Eve, the wound of the hero : blood, gender, and medieval literature, Peggy McCracken

The curse of Eve, the wound of the hero : blood, gender, and medieval literature, Peggy McCracken

Label
The curse of Eve, the wound of the hero : blood, gender, and medieval literature
Title
The curse of Eve, the wound of the hero
Title remainder
blood, gender, and medieval literature
Statement of responsibility
Peggy McCracken
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In The Curse of Eve, the Wound of the Hero, Peggy McCracken explores the role of blood symbolism in establishing and maintaining the sex-gender systems of medieval culture. Reading a variety of literary texts in relation to historical, medical, and religious discourses about blood, and in the context of anthropological and religious studies, McCracken offers a provocative examination of the ways gendered cultural values were mapped onto blood in the Middle Ages." "As McCracken demonstrates, blood is gendered when that of men is prized in stories about battle and that of women is excluded from the public arena in which social and political hierarchies are contested and defined through chivalric contest. In her examination of the conceptualization of familial relationships, she uncovers the privileges that are grounded in gendered definitions of blood relationships. She shows that in narratives about a sacrifice a father's relationship to his son is described as shared blood, whereas texts about women accused of giving birth to monstrous children define the mother's contribution to conception in terms of corrupted, often menstrual blood. Turning to fictional representations of bloody martyrdoms and of eucharistic ritual, McCracken juxtaposes the blood of the wounded guardian of the grail with that of Christ and suggests that the blood from the grail king's wound is characterized in opposition to that of women and Jewish men."--Jacket
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McCracken, Peggy
Dewey number
809/.9335
Index
index present
LC call number
PN682.B56
LC item number
M38 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The Middle Ages series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Literature, Medieval
  • Blood in literature
  • Sex role in literature
Label
The curse of Eve, the wound of the hero : blood, gender, and medieval literature, Peggy McCracken
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [119]-171) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
50919822
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 178 pages
Isbn
9780812237139
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2002072134
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
The curse of Eve, the wound of the hero : blood, gender, and medieval literature, Peggy McCracken
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [119]-171) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
50919822
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 178 pages
Isbn
9780812237139
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2002072134
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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