Del crimen y el castigo; desviación y norma. Edad Media y contemporánea

Albrecht Classen, ‎Connie Scarborough (eds.)

Crime and Punishment in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age. Mental-Historical Investigations of Basic Human Problems and Social Responses

Walter de Gruyter, Berlin / New York, 2012 – viii + 602 pp., 41 fig.

ISBN: 9783110294514

Norms, rules, and laws have determined the interaction of people throughout time, and yet transgressions have always occurred. Crime and subsequent punishments are fundamental issues identifying every society. The articles in this volume study medieval laws and documents reflecting on vices, crimes, and wrongdoings and thus give a profound analysis of the premodern world in its development in social, economic, legal, moral, and ethical terms.

Introduction: Crime, Transgression, and Deviancy: Behaviors that Defines Us All: Classen, A. / Scarborough, C

— Le ‘crime épique’ et sa punition: quelques exemples (XIIe-XIIIe siècles): Ribémont, B.

— “I know how to be a whore and thief” The poet’s reputation: troubadours – ancestors of poètes maudits?: Niiranen, S.

— The Law – Letter and Spirit: Language, Transgression and Justice In Three Medieval German Epic Poems: Clason, C. R.

— Crime, Punishment and the Hybrid in Medieval French Romance: Robert the Devil and Geoffrey Big Tooth: Hahn, S.

— Judicium Dei, vulgaris popularisque sensus: Survival of Customary Justice and Resistance to its Displacement by the “New” Ordines iudiciorum as Evidenced by Francophonic Literature of the High Middle Ages: Taylor, S. L.

— Crime and Violence in the Middle Ages: The Cases of Heinrich der Glichezare’s Reinhard Fuchs and Wernher der Gartenære’s Helmbrecht: Classen, A.

— The Function of Projected Pain: The Poetry of François Villon and the Gift of Self: Gough, J.

— Retribution in Gamelyn: A Case in the Courts: Jost, J. E.

— Contra Signum Nostrum: The Symbolism of Lèse-majesté under Philip VI Valois: Komornicka, J. N.

— Women as Victims and Criminals in the Siete Partidas: Scarborough, C. L.

— Theft in Juan Manuel’s El Conde Lucanor: Ruiz, M. C.

— Competition for the Prisoner’s Body: Wardens and Jailers in Fourteenth-Century Southern France: Turning, P.

— The Host on the Doorstep: Perpetrators, Victims, and Bystanders in an Alleged Host Desecration in Fourteenth-Century Austria: Wiedl, B.

— Does the Punishment Fit the Crime?: Chaucer’s Physician’s Tale and the Worlds of Judgment: Pigg, D. F.

— Deviancy in the Late Middle Ages: The Crimes and Punishment of Gilles de Rais: Ross, L. B.

— The Celebratory Conical Hat in La Celestina: Beusterien, J.

— Equal Opportunity Vengeance in the Heptaméron of Marguerite de Navarre: Llewellyn, K. M.

— Crimes et Châtiments d’Exception en France au Temps des Guerres de Religion: l’Utopie Judiciaire des Commentaires de Monluc (livres V à VII): Lombart, N.

— The Amsterdam Spinhuis and the “Art” of Correction: Moffitt Peacock, M.

— Pimping for the Fairy Queen: Some Cozeners in Shakespeare’s England: Willard, T.

— Réflexions de Montaigne sur le châtiment des criminels: Bjaï, D.

— The Ultimate Crime: Cannibalism in Early Modern Minds and Imaginations: Coudert, A. P.

— Punishment Post Mortem – The Crime of Suicide in Early Modern Austria and Sweden: Luef, E.


Destaco en cuanto a nuestra literatura los trabajos de Maria Cecilia Ruiz (University of San Diego), “Theft in Juan Manuel’s El Conde Lucanor”, pp. 247-280, y John Beusterien (Texas Tech University), The Celebratory Conical Hat in La Celestina, pp. 405-415.


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