In recent times postmodernism has influenced all areas of thehumanistic disciplines, challenging our most fundamentalassumptions about the meaning of historical evidence and ourability to read and interpret it. Medievalists have been notablypresent in these debates, bringing 'the linguistic turn' tomedieval sources and renewing a traditional field withnon-traditional subjects and approaches. Writing Medieval Historysurveys those aspects of theory and its related new subject mattersthat have become part of the mainstream discipline of medievalhistory. This book is organized around three major themes: the selfor recognizing people in premodern society; literary techniques forreading historical texts; and historicizing sexuality and gender.Within each section are essays on subjects such as the social self,uses of psychoanalysis, and sex and gender in medieval life. Thistext clearly articulates concepts, defines critical vocabulary anddemonstrates how the theory is applied in practice.
Nancy Partner is Professor of History at McGill University,Canada