9781890951238-1890951234-Metamorphosis and Identity (Zone Books)

Metamorphosis and Identity (Zone Books)

ISBN-13: 9781890951238
ISBN-10: 1890951234
Author: Bynum, Caroline Walker
Publication date: 2005
Publisher: Zone Books
Format: Paperback 288 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781890951238
ISBN-10: 1890951234
Author: Bynum, Caroline Walker
Publication date: 2005
Publisher: Zone Books
Format: Paperback 288 pages

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Acknowledged authors Bynum, Caroline Walker wrote Metamorphosis and Identity (Zone Books) comprising 288 pages back in 2005. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1890951234 and 9781890951238. Since then Metamorphosis and Identity (Zone Books) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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An exploration of the roles of metamorphosis and hybridity in the establishment of personal identity, with particular emphasis on the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

The four studies in this book center on the Western obsession with the nature of personal identity. Focusing on the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, but with an eye toward antiquity and the present, Caroline Walker Bynum explores the themes of metamorphosis and hybridity in genres ranging from poetry, folktales, and miracle collections to scholastic theology, devotional treatises, and works of natural philosophy. She argues that the obsession with boundary-crossing and otherness was an effort to delineate nature's regularities and to establish a strong sense of personal identity, extending even beyond the grave. She examines historical figures such as Marie de France, Gerald of Wales, Bernard Clairvaux, Thomas Aquinas, and Dante, as well as modern fabulists such as Angela Carter, as examples of solutions to the perennial question of how the individual can both change and remain constant. Addressing the fundamental question for historians―that of change―Bynum also explores the nature of history writing itself.

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