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In her reading of the performance of grief as a performance of community and remembrance, Moore assesses why some lives are imagined as mattering more than others and explores how a language of grief becomes a common language of status among the medieval Mediterranean elite.
Megan Moore is Associate Professor of French at the University of Missouri. She is author of Exchanges in Exoticism. Follow her on Twitter at @lagourmande.
Angela Jane Weisl, Seton Hall University, author of The Persistence of Medievalism:
"In The Erotics of Grief, Megan Moore effectively brings together discourse on gender, community, narrative, eroticism, and mourning to theorize medieval grief in a broad context. Readable, well researched, and in dialogue with a large body of criticism and theory, it will be valuable to anyone interested in medieval death—and those it left behind."
Cary Howie, Cornell University, author of Transfiguring Medievalism:
"Megan Moore's study of the uses of grief in medieval literature is a welcome addition to conversations about the complexity of medieval representations of intense feeling. Thoroughly researched and sensitive to the nuances of its objects, The Erotics of Grief demonstrates just how important scenes of mourning are to the construction of communities, especially communities, in the Middle Ages."
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