8-1 | Becoming Human: The Matter of the Medieval Child

Book Review

Becoming Human: The Matter of the Medieval Child

J. Allan Mitchell
Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2014. Notes, index, images. 249 pp. $25.00 paper. ISBN: 9780816689972

by Paul Dingman

First Paragraph:

Becoming Human is a curious book in the best of ways. Its broad questions regarding ontogeny—this is, becoming (or development)—are posed intriguingly, and its intense focus on items some people might consider mundane, such as eggs, toys, and tables, helps us view these familiar objects in fascinating ways. J. Allan Mitchell’s coherent argument regarding perpetual mutability in life creatively connects the particular with the universal.