Hybridity, Identity, and Monstrosity in Medieval Britain

On Difficult Middles
Author(s): 
Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome
Editor(s): 
Wheeler, Bonnie
ISBN: 
140396971X
Date published: 
July 2006
Hardback
Pages: 
264

This study examines the monsters that haunt twelfth-century British texts, arguing that in these strange bodies are expressed fears and fantasies about community, identity and race during the period. Cohen finds the origins of these monsters in a contemporary obsession with blood, both the literal and metaphorical kind.