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Fragmentation and Redemption: Essays on Gender and the Human Body in Medieval Religion Paperback – September 9, 1992
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In 1188, the Benedictine monk Gervase of Canterbury wrote that, compared to the plodding chronicler, "the historian proceeds diffusely and elegantly." On the strength of her writing style and her sophisticated, sensitive deployment of prodigious knowledge, Caroline Bynum is surely a historian by Gervase"s standards.... She provides an encouraging model for both historical endeavor and the management of an increasingly fragmented modern existence." Christopher Hughes , Voice Literary Supplement
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Caroline Walker Bynum is University Professor at Columbia University. She is the author of Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200-1336, and Fragmentation and Redemption: Essays on Gender and the Body in Medieval Religion (Zone Books, 1991).
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First, Bynum makes a critique of the application of Victor Turner's theory of liminality to the analysis of women spirituality of the late Middle Ages. Bynum specifically questions Turner's social drama analysis of narrative and ritual experience. According to Turner's theory, there is a phenomenon called liminality--the reversal or elevation of roles at the ritual level of a human's religious experience. Bynum cites the medieval texts about the lives of female saints and finds that liminality was not central to female spirituality. The term is applicable for male spirituality, because reversal of roles was a way to emphasize their rupture with wealth and status, and in general, to criticize the male-dominated established order. Men like Francis of Assisi took vows of poverty and often identified themselves in female terms. In this instance, Turner's theory of liminality applies to the study of male spirituality.
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