The Medieval Heart Heather Webb

Publication date:
23 Mar 2010
Yale University Press
256 pages: 210 x 140 x 24mm
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Drawing from the works of Dante, Catherine of Siena, Boccaccio, Aquinas, and Cavalcanti and other literary, philosophic, and scientific texts, Heather Webb studies medieval notions of the heart to explore the “lost circulations” of an era when individual lives and bodies were defined by their extensions into the world rather than as self-perpetuating, self-limited entities.

Heather Webb is Associate Professor of Italian, Department of French and Italian, at The Ohio State University. She lives in Columbus, OH.

"This beautiful book depicts an older, but not obsolete, alternative to the solitude and impenetrability of the modern self: the radically dialogical, shared, and permeable medieval heart."—Elena Lombardi, Modern Language Review Vol.196 Part.4