Esther Cohen (NHC Fellow, 2003–04)

Project Title

The Modified Scream: The Construction of Sensory Pain in the Later Middle Ages

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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Fellowship Work Summary, 2003–04

Esther Cohen wrote the greater part of her book on pain in the Middle Ages, tentatively titled The Modified Scream, a review of Daniel Lord Smail's The Consumption of Justice: Emotions, Publicity, and Legal Culture in Marseille, 1264-1423 for H-France, and a review of Lisane Lavanchy's écrire sa mort, décrire sa vie. Testaments de laïcs lausannois (1400-1450) for the American Historical Review. She prepared an article, "Sacred, Secular, and Unclean: The Contextuality of Emotions," to be published in Sacred and Secular in Medieval and Early-Modern Cultures: New Essays, edited by Lawrence Bessermen (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).