Stories of ‘blood’ and ‘race’. They’re just stories.

By Caroline Osella|October 9, 2017|The English Seaside Town and Whiteness|0 comments

Jeffrey Cohen posts on In the Middle blog and talks to us about some medieval moments in forging ‘Englishness’.

“… the twinned fluidity and substantiality of medieval race, the bodies and bodily performances that gave race forms that proved either enduring or ephemeral. The currents of history that flowed through the British archipelago at this time enabled some groups to congeal into self-nominated collectives, while others found themselves rigidly defined in terms they had never dreamed. … Most visible in the body of the ostracized, medieval race is an intimate of that figure never far from a flow of blood, the monster.”

 

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