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Donna C. Trembinski <email@example.com>
My current work deals with expressions and conceptions of physical and emptional pain in the Middle Ages, particularly in the 12-14th centuries.
|Address:||Deparment of History, Watson Hall Rm 212
40 Bader Lane
Kingston, Ontario, Ontario K7L 3N6
|Primary Phone:||613-533-6000, ext. 74383|
|List Affiliations:||Advisory Board Member for H-Memory
List Editor for H-Memory
|Interests:||European History / Studies
Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies
Religious Studies and Theology
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
World History / Studies
PhD, University of Toronto, 2004
MA, University of Toronto, 1998
Hons BA, McMaster University, 1997
St. Francis Xavier University
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
June 2006-July 2007
Marjorie McLean Oliver Postdoctoral Fellow
September 2005-May 2006
Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women
My current book project, Suffering for God: Understanding Physical and Emotional Pain in the High Middle Ages explores how both physical and emotional pain were understood by people in the Middle Ages. From the everyday pain of toothaches to medieval melancholia, pain was conceptualized as both physical and emotional, a reality illustrated by theological treatises, by Galen’s humoural system of the body and by medieval recipe collections that included physiological cures for what we now think of as wholly psychological disorders. Suffering for God will test and ultimately challenge the hypothesis recently put forth by Dr. Esther Cohen that understanding physical pain belonged to the discipline of theology more than medicine or the arts. While pain certainly can and was understood in theological terms, both types of pain were also often discussed in medical treatises of the time. By exploring how physical and emotional pain were conceptualized by different people in the Middle Ages, Suffering for God will ultimately help historians understand not only how pain was understood and treated in the Middle Ages, but how theories of pain reception have changed and what pain has come to represent in our own culture.
Donna C. Trembinski, “Insensate Saints: Non Suffering Martyrs in Thirteenth Century Dominican Legendaries.” 27 pages in manuscript. Forthcoming in Florilegium.
Donna C. Trembinski, “Propassio doloris: Early Dominican Conceptions of Christ’s Physical Pain.” In Press, Journal of Ecclesiastical History.
Donna C. Trembinski, “Non alter Christus: Early Dominican Lives of Saint Francis,” in Franciscan Studies, 63 (2005), pp. 69-105.
CHILDREN’S BOOKS IN MEDIEVAL HISTORY:
Donna C. Trembinski, Famous People of the Middle Ages. (St. Catherines: Crabtree Publishing, 2005). One of the series, Medieval World, written for 10-13 year olds.
Donna C. Trembinski, Medieval Myths, Legends and Songs. (St. Catherines: Crabtree Publishing, 2005). One of the series, Medieval World, written for 10-13 year olds.
Donna C. Trembinski, Laws and Punishment in the Middle Ages. (St. Catherines: Crabtree Publishing, 2005.) One of the series, Medieval World, written for 10-13 year olds.
CURRENT COURSE OFFERINGS:
The Medieval World
The Medieval Body