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postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies
While automata appear in medieval European textual sources in many different settings, they frequently cluster around tombs, memorials and other places associated with the dead. In several different literary examples, automata expose the unstable definitions of ‘life’ and ‘death’ and reveal contemporary ideas about the complexity and permeability of these categories.
This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at: http://doi.org/10.1057/pmed.2010.21.
Truitt, E.R. 2010. Fictions of life and death: Tomb automata in medieval romance. postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 1.1: 194-198.