The medieval monster is a slippery construct, and its referents
include a range of religious, racial, and corporeal aberrations. In
this study, Miller argues that one incarnation of monstrosity in
the Middle Ages the female body exists in special relation to
medieval teratology insofar as it resists the customary
marginalization that defined most other monstrous groups in the
Middle Ages. Though medieval maps located the monstrous races on
the distant margins of the civilized world, the monstrous female
body took the form of mother, sister, wife, and daughter. It was,
therefore, pervasive, proximate, and necessary on social, sexual,
and reproductive grounds. Miller considers several significant
texts representing authoritative discourses on female monstrosity
in the Middle Ages: the Pseudo-Ovidian poem, De vetula (The Old
Woman); a treatise on human generation erroneously attributed to
Albert the Great, De secretis mulierum (On the Secrets of Women),
and Julian of Norwich s Showings. Through comparative analysis,
Miller grapples with the monster s semantic flexibility while
simultaneously working towards a composite image of late-medieval
female monstrosity whose features are stable enough to define.
Whether this body is discursively constructed as an Ovidian body, a
medicalized body, or a mystical body, its corporeal boundaries fail
to form properly: it is a body out of bounds."
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