© 2004

The Middle Ages at Work

Practicing Labor in Late Medieval England

  • Editors
  • Kellie Robertson
  • Michael Uebel

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Introduction Conceptualizing Labor in the Middle Ages

    1. Michael Uebel, Kellie Robertson
      Pages 1-15
  3. Gender Trouble

  4. Spiritual Employment

  5. Labor and the Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Kellie Robertson
      Pages 133-153
  6. Producing Poetics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Britton J. Harwood
      Pages 157-177
  7. Book Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 261-267

About this book


This timely volume examines the commitments of historicism in the wake of New Historicism. It contributes to the construction of a materialist historicism while, at the same time, proposing that discussions of work need not be limited to the clash between labour and capital. To this end, the essays offer more than a strictly historical view of the complex terms, social and literary, within which labour was treated in the medieval period. Several of the essays strive to reformulate the very critical language we use to think about the categories of labour and work through a continually doubled engagement with modern theories of labour and medieval theories and practices of labour.


England hermeneutics Middle Ages reform

About the authors

KELLIE ROBERTSON is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, USA.

MICHAEL UEBEL is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Kentucky, USA.

Bibliographic information


"This collection of essays examines a favorite topic of medievalists, breathing new life into its analysis. Robertson and Uebel have achieved something remarkable here. The essays are wide-ranging, innovative, and provocative. Medieval labor is granted a complexity and an expansiveness that readers will likely find inspiring. Consistently engaging, lucidly composed, and full of insight, the work gathered in this important book constitutes essential reading for all those interested in the critical reexamination of the past." - Jeffrey J. Cohen, Department of English, George Washington University