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Joyce E. Salisbury is the Frankenthal Professor of History Emerita at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, USA. She has published widely, and is the author of The Blood of Martyrs (2004) and Church Fathers, Independent Virgins (1992), and the editor of Sex in the Middle Ages (1991) and Medieval näytä lisää World of Nature (1993). näytä vähemmän

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The Beast Within: Animals in the Middle Ages (1994) 47 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Middle Ages Around the World (2022) 11 kappaletta

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Salisbury, Joyce E.



Caveat: I didn't finish this because I felt I'd read it already, years ago. See below.

A disappointment. Clearly the Second Edition of Salisbury's oft-cited book witnesses to the still rising interest in animals in critical theory and social history. It's a fine thing for this book to be available in paperback for those instructors who might want to build a syllabus around it. It's not a fine thing, however, to claim a full revision (x) when it seems no such thing has been done. Some scholarship written in the 16 years since the appearance of the first edition crops up in the bibliography: several pieces by Erica Fudge, Claudine Fabre-Vassas, David Salter, Hanawalt and Kiser's anthology, and a little bit of Susan Crane. Not that this matters, because most of this new work makes no appearance in Salisbury's 'revised' book. I miss references to Jeffrey Cohen's 'Inventing With Animals,' Crane's 'For the Birds,' and especially to yours truly: we just don't exist for her. Mistakes in the first edition have not been corrected: Caroline Walker Bynum is sometimes spelled "Carolyn" (136, 138, 140) (an error corrected, in pencil, in Bynum's own hand in the copy in Columbia's library: have a look!) and Ratramnus of Corbie remains a "thirteenth-century" writer; worse, her thesis--though challenged by David Salter inter alia--of changing perceptions of animals from the early to later Middle Ages remains. The persistence of Salisbury's thesis would be fine if she hadn't just ignored her critics.

New material includes expanded considerations on animal trials (which cites neither Jody Enders nor Michel Pastoureau nor the classical prehistory), on pets, monsters, anthropophagy, and werewolves in particular. This version has the same advantages as the first: a wealth of references to primary sources and a willingness to treat animals as animals rather than as only symbols; however it has the same problems, which is a continued humanism (mollified by references to the "beast within") uninformed by the questions of critical theory or the subtlety of literary criticism. This should be on hand in any library as a reference, but it's at best a starting place, and one to be used cautiously.
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karl.steel | Apr 2, 2013 |
This book is an attempt by Salisbury to put the well-known source, the Passio of Perpetua and Felicity, into a broad cultural and religious context, though I don't think it's a particularly successful one. I think she was aiming it at an undergrad audience, but instead of merely simplifying some concepts she dumbed them down a little—Salisbury doesn't really engage with some of the interpretive issues or explain why she adopts some of the opinions which she does, and I think showing how historians make the choices they make when writing history is even more key when writing for an interested lay reader. She makes some interesting suggestions, but we really don't have the sources to back up what she's saying, which draws a big question mark over a lot of her conclusions. Could be used in an undergrad course, but I think only with great care.… (lisätietoja)
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