Abstract

Abstract:

Petrus Alfonsi's medieval readers often categorized his Disciplina clericalis as a homiletic exemplum collection or as a mirror for princes. I will argue that beneath these layers of misreading, Petrus organizes a collection that emphasizes the subject position of the socially vulnerable: women, pilgrims, travelers, subordinates, apprentices, slaves, and the disabled. In this reading, the normative values of church and state become accruals. Beneath them, I reveal a Disciplina clericalis that it is strangely resonant in our time. It attends to the problem of premodern precarity, recurrently mapping that condition onto body in the form of vulnerability. Disciplina clericalis is less a handbook for preachers or a mirror for princes than a guide for the marginalized in a dangerous and exploitative world.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2162-9552
Print ISSN
2162-9544
Pages
pp. 27-46
Launched on MUSE
2020-05-04
Open Access
No
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