In the Middle: Talking Ferguson in a Medieval Classroom

In the Middle: Talking Ferguson in a Medieval Classroom.

Students focused on the “demoniac” and animalized Muslims of the Song of Roland; they talked about how they mocked Gerald of Wales and Mandeville for their superstitions, and how they then found themselves gaping at Wilson’s comparison of Brown to a grunting “demon,” wondering what the future might say about 2014; brilliantly, they compared the 6’4″ Wilson’s grotesque self-infantalization to the Prioress’s own (But as a child of twelf month oold, or lesse, / That kan unnethes any word expresse), which we then connected to the “child” as a grotesque core form of the “normative body,” at once innocent, helpless, perfect, and useless, the opposite of the excessive giant body. In this body politics, we wondered where there could be space for an adult body, the full subject of rights, obligations, and care all at once? – See more at: http://www.inthemedievalmiddle.com/2014/11/talking-ferguson-in-medieval-classroom.html#sthash.9qL1sJCJ.dpuf
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