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Oxford Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture

The Aesthetics of Melancholia

Medical and Spiritual Diseases in Medieval Iberia

Luis F. López González

The Aesthetics of Melancholia

Oxford Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture

The Aesthetics of Melancholia

Medical and Spiritual Diseases in Medieval Iberia

Oxford Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture: The Aesthetics of Melancholia

 

Explores the intersection between medicine and medieval Iberian literature with a particular emphasis on melancholy and its links to depression and lovesickness.


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Beschrijving Oxford Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture: The Aesthetics of Melancholia

This book explores the intersection between medicine and literature in medieval Iberian literature and culture. Its overarching argument is that thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Iberian authors revalorized the interconnection between the body, the mind, and the soul in light of the evolving epistemology of medicine. Prior to the reintroduction of classical medical treatises through Arab authors into European cultures, mental disorders and bodily diseases were
primarily attributed to moral corruption, demonic influence, and superstition. The introduction of novel regimens of health as well as treatises on melancholia into academic institutions and into the cultural landscape provided the tools for newly minted authors to understand that psychosomatic illnesses
stemmed from malfunctions of the body's biochemical composition.

This book demonstrates that the earliest books written in the Iberian vernaculars contain the seeds that effect the shift from a theocentric worldview to a humanistic one. The volume features close readings of multiple texts, including medical treatises and religious writings, and King Alfonso X's Cantigas de Santa Maria, Juan Manuel's Conde Lucanor, and Juan Ruiz's Libro de buen amor. Even though these texts differ in literary genre, rhetorical strategy, and even
purpose, this study argues that they collectively employ humoral pathology and melancholic discourses as a means of underscoring the frailty and transience of human life by showing how somatic conditions sicken the body, mind, and soul unto death.


ISBN
9780192859228
Pagina's
240
Verschijnt
Serie
Oxford Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture
NUR
320
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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