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Becoming Human: The Matter of the Medieval Child

J. Allan Mitchell


A provocative historical inquiry into human becoming, this book consists of a set of idiosyncratic essays on embryology and infancy, play and games, manners, meals, and other messes. Inspecting a wide range of textual, visual, and artefactual evidence in and beyond medieval England, Mitchell argues that humanity issued from a dense material matrix that is barely human. Congeries of animate and inanimate objects expose the extent to which the human learned to dwell among a welter of things. Becoming (ontogeny) turns out to be a better category than being (ontology) for capturing the conjugated ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780816689965
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816689965.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Allan Mitchell, author

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