Saints and Monsters in Medieval French and Occitan Literature
Sublime and Abject Bodies

Huw Grange

Research Monographs in French Studies 53

Legenda

17 May 2017  •  140pp

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From rubbery martyrs to wraith-like ascetics, and from pestilential dragons to troublesome giants, the bodies that fascinated audiences of saints' lives during the Middle Ages increasingly inform theoretical debates in medieval studies concerning corporeality. Saints and Monsters draws on notions of the 'sublime' and the 'abject' to explore the role played by these holy and unholy bodies in community formation. Examining a series of biographies of Sts Margaret, George, Honorat and Enimia – some of them previously unknown to scholarship – Huw Grange argues that the extraordinary bodies of medieval French and Occitan hagiography mutate in relation to a range of shifting historical, cultural and geographical imperatives.

Huw Grange is Junior Research Fellow in French at Jesus College, Oxford.

Reviews:

  • ‘The author moves with an impressive lightness of touch across a huge range of versions of four saints’ lives — those of Margaret, George, Honorat, and Enimia — covering verse and prose, and Latin, French, and Occitan, in mostly unpublished manuscript versions... a considerable accomplishment.’ — Luke Sunderland, French Studies 72.3, July 2018, 428-29
  • ‘This well-crafted book captures the goodwill of its audience from page one. Its author, Huw Grange, makes a simple inversion that rights a chronological wrong: saints are not the comic-book superheroes of the Middle Ages; rather today’s superheroes continue in the medieval saints’ tradition of extraordinary corporality... Saints and Monsters is what one would hope for a book of its kind insofar as its sophisticated engagement with theory is everywhere also an engagement with the literary object.’ — Brian J. Reilly, H-France 18.175, August 2018
  • ‘Grange’s final words affirm that the lives he’s described “want to live,” and in that want lies his book’s central thesis; but it is just possible that these saints are, thanks in part to Grange’s efforts at telling their stories, still living; and it is just possible that so are we.’ — Cary Howie, Speculum 95.1, January 2020, 249-50

Contents:

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Table of Contents
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Acknowledgements
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Introduction: Holy Comic Books
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Chapter 1 St Margaret of Antioch and Her Sublime/abject Bodies
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Chapter 2 St George of Cappadocia (and His Dragon): Strangers and Communities
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Chapter 3 St Honorat of Hungary, Some Saracens, and Their Queer Genealogies
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Chapter 4 St Enimia of France and the Wonders of the Tarn Gorges
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Conclusion: the Example of St Syrus and the Basilisk
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Bibliography
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Index of Medieval Manuscripts
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Bibliography entry:

Grange, Huw, Saints and Monsters in Medieval French and Occitan Literature: Sublime and Abject Bodies, Research Monographs in French Studies, 53 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2017)

First footnote reference: 35 Huw Grange, Saints and Monsters in Medieval French and Occitan Literature: Sublime and Abject Bodies, Research Monographs in French Studies, 53 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2017), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Grange, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Grange, Huw. 2017. Saints and Monsters in Medieval French and Occitan Literature: Sublime and Abject Bodies, Research Monographs in French Studies, 53 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Grange 2017: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Grange 2017: 21.

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