Medieval Monsters, in Theory and Practice

Lisa Verner


The past two decades have witnessed a plethora of studies on the medieval monster. These studies have contributed significantly to our understanding of religion, art, literature, and science in the Middle Ages. However, a tendency to treat the medieval monster in purely symbolic and psychological terms ignores the lived experiences of impaired medieval people and their cultures attitudes toward them. With the aid of recent insights provided by disability studies, this article aims to confront real medieval monsters e.g., physically impaired human beings in both their human and monstrous aspects.

Key words: Middle Ages Teratology Disability Studies

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