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May 1999
University of Minnesota Press

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Of Giants

Sex, Monsters, And The Middle Ages
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

A psychoanalytic look at the representation of monsters, giants and masculinity in medieval texts. The phenomenon of giants and giant-slaying appear in various texts from the Anglo-Saxon to late Middle English period, including "Beowulf," "The Knight and the Lion," "History of the Kings of Britain" and several of Chaucer's books.


Jeffrey Jerome Cohen is professor of English and dean of humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University.