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Becoming Human


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ContentsPrefaceIntroductionBeing BornChildish ThingsThe MessEpilogueNotesIndex

About the Author

J. Allan Mitchell is associate professor of English at the University of Victoria. He is the author of Ethics and Eventfulness in Middle English Literature and Ethics and Exemplary Narrative in Chaucer and Gower.


"Becoming Human is a remarkable book, well nigh unclassifiable. This is an exemplary work in more than one sense: it opens up a new approach to the medieval period by way of its three examples; and it does so in a way that is a model of scholarship, keeping its balance between the responsible and the adventurous. While the book illuminates certain aspects of the medieval period, it does so in a way that also illuminates our own." -Peter Schwenger, author of At the Borders of Sleep: On Liminal Literature

"This work makes one of the most important contributions that can currently be made to emerging work in post-continental philosophy. It offers fresh insights and perspectives to speculative realist thought that will actually help that thought to continue its important mission of disrupting settled overly human-centric ontologies, while also valuably correcting its historical blind-spots." -Eileen A. Joy, coeditor of Speculative Medievalisms

"No work of scholarship has so engrossed me in a long while.Becoming Human is one of the best books published in medieval studies in the past decade-and considering how many excellent works have appeared over that time, that, I think, is very high praise." -J J Cohen, author of Stories of Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman in his blog "In the Middle"

"No work of scholarship has so engrossed me in a long while. Becoming Human is one of the best books published in medieval studies in the past decade."-J J Cohen, In the Middle blog"Becoming Human. . . offers new insights into play and society during medieval times and contributes substantially to revitalizing the study of medieval history. "-American Journal of Play"Deserves praise for intellectual courage, academic rigor, and interpretative creativity. "-Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth

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