Session Title

Monsters II: Down to the Skin: Images of Flaying in the Middle Ages

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Monsters: The Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory and Practical Application (MEARCSTAPA)

Organizer Name

Asa Simon Mittman, Larissa Tracy

Organizer Affiliation

California State Univ.-Chico, Longwood Univ.

Presider Name

Larissa Tracy

Paper Title 1

A Window for the Pain: Surface, Interiority, and Christ’s Flagellated Skin in Late Medieval Sculpture

Presenter 1 Name

Peter Dent

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Bristol

Paper Title 2

Getting under Your Skin: The Monstrous Subdermal

Presenter 2 Name

Derek Newman-Stille

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Trent Univ.

Paper Title 3

The Flaying of Saint Bartholomew and the Rhetoric of the Flesh in the Belles Heures of the Duke of Berry

Presenter 3 Name

Sherry C. M. Lindquist

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Western Illinois Univ.

Paper Title 4

“Lo, his flessh al be beflapped that fat is”: From Flagellation to Flaying in the English Cycle Passion Plays

Presenter 4 Name

Valerie Gramling

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. of Massachusetts-Amherst

Start Date

10-5-2013 3:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1360

Description

From images of Saint Bartholomew holding his skin in his arms, to scenes of demons flaying the damned within the mouth of hell, to grisly execution in Havelok the Dane, to laws that prescribed it as a punishment for treason, this session explores the gruesome, even monstrous, practice of skin removal—flaying—in the Middle Ages. This session proposes to examine the widely diverse examples of this grisly practice, and explore the layered responses to skin-removal in art, history, literature, manuscript studies and law. How common was this punishment in practice? How does art reflect spiritual response? How is flaying, in any form, used to further political or religious goals? The papers in this session will literally get beneath the skin of medieval sensibilities regarding punishment and sacrifice in a nuanced discussion of medieval flaying.

Asa S. Mittman

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May 10th, 3:30 PM

Monsters II: Down to the Skin: Images of Flaying in the Middle Ages

Schneider 1360

From images of Saint Bartholomew holding his skin in his arms, to scenes of demons flaying the damned within the mouth of hell, to grisly execution in Havelok the Dane, to laws that prescribed it as a punishment for treason, this session explores the gruesome, even monstrous, practice of skin removal—flaying—in the Middle Ages. This session proposes to examine the widely diverse examples of this grisly practice, and explore the layered responses to skin-removal in art, history, literature, manuscript studies and law. How common was this punishment in practice? How does art reflect spiritual response? How is flaying, in any form, used to further political or religious goals? The papers in this session will literally get beneath the skin of medieval sensibilities regarding punishment and sacrifice in a nuanced discussion of medieval flaying.

Asa S. Mittman