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Author Mitchell, J. Allan (John Allan), 1971- author.

Title Becoming human : the matter of the medieval child / J. Allan Mitchell.

Publication Info. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2014]


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    940.1 MIT    Available
Description xxx, 249 pages ; 23 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Being Born -- Childish Things -- The Mess -- Epilogue.
Summary "Becoming Human argues that human identity was articulated and extended across a wide range of textual, visual, and artifactual assemblages from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries. J. Allan Mitchell shows how the formation of the child expresses a manifold and mutable style of being. To be human is to learn to dwell among a welter of things. A searching and provocative historical inquiry into human becoming, the book presents a set of idiosyncratic essays on embryology and infancy, play and games, and manners, meals, and other messes. While it makes significant contributions to medieval scholarship on the body, family, and material culture, Becoming Human theorizes anew what might be called a medieval ecological imaginary. Mitchell examines a broad array of phenomenal objects--including medical diagrams, toy knights, tableware, conduct texts, dream visions, and scientific instruments--and in the process reanimates distinctly medieval ontologies. In addressing the emergence of the human in the later Middle Ages, Mitchell identifies areas where humanity remains at risk. In illuminating the past, he shines fresh light on our present"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Children -- Europe -- History -- To 1500.
Humanity -- Social aspects -- Europe -- History -- To 1500.
Identity (Psychology) -- Social aspects -- Europe -- History -- To 1500.
Human body -- Social aspects -- Europe -- History -- To 1500.
Families -- Europe -- History -- To 1500.
Material culture -- Europe -- History -- To 1500.
Human ecology -- Europe -- History -- To 1500.
Europe -- Social life and customs
Civilization, Medieval.
ISBN 9780816689965 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
0816689962 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
9780816689972 (paperback : acid-free paper)
0816689970 (paperback : acid-free paper)

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