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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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Being Born

Being Born

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Becoming Human

J. Allan Mitchell

University of Minnesota Press

The first essay examines narratives of gestation and growth in medieval medical science, natural philosophy, zoology, and cosmology. Mitchell argues that embryology and infancy enable an exigent critique of human self-sufficiency. Likewise, dream visions and love allegories deploy infancy and childishness in ways that question the autonomy and agency of the human.

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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