Deformed Discourse: The Function of the Monster in Mediaeval Thought and Literature

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1999 - 392 Seiten
Part I traces the poetics of teratology, the study of monsters, to Christian neoplatonic theology and philosophy, particularly Pseudo-Dionysius's negative theology and his central idea that God cannot be known except by knowing what he is not. Williams argues that the principles of negative theology as applied to epistemology and language made possible a symbolism of negation and paradox whose chief sign was the monster. Part II provides a taxonomy of monstrous forms with a gloss on each, and Part III examines the monstrous and the deformed in three heroic sagas -- the medieval Oedipus, The Romance of Alexander, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight -- and three saints' lives -- Saint Denis, Saint Christopher, and Saint Wilgeforte. The book is beautifully illustrated with medieval representations of monsters. The most comprehensive study of the grotesque in medieval aesthetic expression, Deformed Discourse successfully brings together medieval research and modern criticism.
 

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Grunewald The Temptation of Saint Anthony
3
PART
21
The Language of the Monstrous
61
Horned Cain
73
Races of monsters
98
PART
105
Pygmy
112
The Body Monstrous
113
Nature Monstrous
177
The Unicorn
180
The melusine
184
Ulysses and the sirens
190
Harpies with other monsters
196
Dragon with seven heads
203
Lambbearing tree
209
Monstrous Concepts
216

Nimrod the Tower of Babel and monsters
118
Ophanim
124
Tricephalic Jesus in Trinity
132
Groinhead grylles
138
Hellmouth devouring souls
144
Basilisk
150
Panotus
156
Phallic rooster Saviour of the World
162
Hermaphrodites
169
Anthropomorphic alphabet
217
PART THREE
229
Alexander ascends to the sky
242
Headcarrier
271
Three Saints
285
St Christopher carrying Jesus
287
St Wilgeforte and the fiddler
312
Conclusion
323
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