Rites of Passage: Cultures of Transition in the Fourteenth Century
York Medieval Press | 2004-11 | ISBN: 1903153158 | 186 pages | PDF | 1Mb
'Rites of passage' is a term and concept more used than considered, and no previous attempt has been made to apply and test its implications in the field of Medieval Studies. In this collection of essays, a group of medievalists from a range of disciplines consider the various theoretical 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.