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Becoming HumanThe Matter of the Medieval Child$
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J. Allan Mitchell

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816689965

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816689965.001.0001

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The Mess

The Mess

(p.117) The Mess
Becoming Human

J. Allan Mitchell

University of Minnesota Press

The third essay proposes that the condition of human dependency and self-estrangement at the dining table. Otherwise incommensurable matters (mineral, vegetable, and animal) are incorporated at mealtime. Conduct literature trains the young to become deeply involved in the material medium, and romance and allegory is equally invested in the objective mess.

Keywords:   Medieval Literature and Culture, History of Play and Toys, Children and Material Culture, History of Medicine, Science Studies, Speculative Realism, Object-Oriented Ontology, Animal Studies

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