Music Body and Desire in Medieval Culture

Ranging chronologically from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries and thematically from Latin to vernacular literary modes, this book challenges standard assumptions about the musical cultures and philosophies of the European Middle Ages.

Music  Body  and Desire in Medieval Culture

Author: Bruce W. Holsinger

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804740586

Page: 472

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Ranging chronologically from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries and thematically from Latin to vernacular literary modes, this book challenges standard assumptions about the musical cultures and philosophies of the European Middle Ages. Engaging a wide range of premodern texts and contexts, the author argues that medieval music was quintessentially a practice of the flesh. It will be of compelling interest to historians of literature, music, religion, and sexuality, as well as scholars of cultural, gender, and queer studies.

Courtly Love Undressed

In Courtly Love Undressed, E. Jane Burns unfolds the rich display of costly garments worn by amorous partners in literary texts and other cultural documents in the French High Middle Ages.

Courtly Love Undressed

Author: E. Jane Burns

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812219309

Page: 336

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Clothing was used in the Middle Ages to mark religious, military, and chivalric orders, lepers, and prostitutes. The ostentatious display of luxury dress more specifically served as a means of self-definition for members of the ruling elite and the courtly lovers among them. In Courtly Love Undressed, E. Jane Burns unfolds the rich display of costly garments worn by amorous partners in literary texts and other cultural documents in the French High Middle Ages. Burns "reads through clothes" in lyric, romance, and didactic literary works, vernacular sermons, and sumptuary laws to show how courtly attire is used to negotiate desire, sexuality, and symbolic space as well as social class. Reading through clothes reveals that the expression of female desire, so often effaced in courtly lyric and romance, can be registered in the poetic deployment of fabric and adornment, and that gender is often configured along a sartorial continuum, rather than in terms of naturally derived categories of woman and man. The symbolic identification of the court itself as a hybrid crossing place between Europe and the East also emerges through Burns's reading of literary allusions to the trade, travel, and pilgrimage that brought luxury cloth to France.

Reading Medieval Culture

When Hanning began his work examining the chronicle sources for the history of
early Britain , medieval chronicles were used only for documentary purposes .
Hanning was perhaps the first scholar to recognize that reading medieval ...

Reading Medieval Culture

Author: Robert M. Stein

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 505

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A collection of essays honoring the work of medievalist Robert W. Hanning. Contributors cover a range of fields within medieval studies, from Anglo-Saxon England to twelfth-century European intellectual culture, from Chaucer's age to nineteenth and twentieth-century medievalism, including a section on Italian Renaissance humanism and visual art.

Engaging Words

Beginning with an examination of the social conditions that produced a viable reading public, the book proceeds to examine popular tastes, the interrelationship between manuscript form and content, and finally the theory and poetry of late ...

Engaging Words

Author: Laurel Amtower

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312233839

Page: 243

View: 485

Acts of reading appear everywhere in the late Middle Ages, from the margins of Books of Hours to self-portraits of authors in their studies. What relevance did this image have for the late medieval imagination? Engaging Words is an interdisciplinary study on the conception of reading in late medieval society. Beginning with an examination of the social conditions that produced a viable reading public, the book proceeds to examine popular tastes, the interrelationship between manuscript form and content, and finally the theory and poetry of late medieval authors. By drawing on images from late medieval culture as well as from historical documents and literary texts, Engaging Words shows how reading became a cultural metaphor in the late Middle Ages that transformed the way the Western world thought about identity and social roles.

Reading Medieval Chinese Poetry

Nine renowned sinologists present a range of studies that display the riches of medieval Chinese verse in varied guises.

Reading Medieval Chinese Poetry

Author:

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004282068

Page: 318

View: 127

Nine renowned sinologists present a range of studies that display the riches of medieval Chinese verse in varied guises. All major verse-forms, including shi, fu, and ci, are examined, with a special focus on poetry’s negotiation with tradition and historical context.

The Monstrous Middle Ages

This text looks at both the representation of literal monsters and the consumption and exploitation of monstrous metaphors in a wide variety of high and late-medieval cultural productions, from travel writing and mystical texts, to sermons, ...

The Monstrous Middle Ages

Author: Bettina Bildhauer

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 1786831759

Page: 236

View: 331

The figure of the monster in medieval culture functions as a vehicle for a range of intellectual and spiritual inquiries, from questions of language and representation to issues of moral, theological and cultural value. Monsters embody cultural tensions that go far beyond the idea of the monster as simply an unintelligible and abject other. This text looks at both the representation of literal monsters and the consumption and exploitation of monstrous metaphors in a wide variety of high and late-medieval cultural productions, from travel writing and mystical texts, to sermons, manuscript illuminations and maps. Individual essays explore the ways in which monstrosity shaped the construction of gendered and racial identities, religious symbolism and social prejudice in the Middle Ages. Reading the Middle Ages through its monsters provides an opportunity to view medieval culture from fresh perspectives. It should be of interest in the concept of monstrosity and its significance for medieval cultural production.

Sexuality in Medieval Europe

Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- List of figures -- Acknowledgments -- Publishers' acknowledgments -- 1 Sex and the Middle Ages -- 2 The sexuality of chastity -- 3 Sex and marriage -- 4 Women outside of marriage -- 5 ...

Sexuality in Medieval Europe

Author: Ruth Mazo Karras

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1351979906

Page: 268

View: 463

Challenging the way the Middle Ages have been treated in general histories of sexuality, Sexuality in Medieval Europe shows how views at the time were conflicted and complicated; there was no single medieval attitude towards sexuality any more than there is one modern attitude. Focusing on marital sexual activity, as well as behavior that was seen as transgressive, the chapters cover such topics as chastity, the role of the church, and non-reproductive activity. Combining an overview of research on the topic with original interpretations, Ruth Mazo Karras demonstrates that medieval culture developed sexual identities that were quite distinct from the identities we think of today, yet were still ancestral to our own. Using a wide collection of evidence from the late antique period until the fifteenth century, this fully revised third edition has been updated to include the latest scholarship throughout, including expanded coverage of Islamic and Jewish cultures and new ideas on how medieval sexual violence relates to the modern world. A new companion website supplements the text featuring an interactive timeline of key events, links to key primary sources, and references to further reading. Sexuality in Medieval Europe is essential reading for those who study medieval history and culture.

Reading Skin in Medieval Literature and Culture

This book explores the presence of skin in medieval literature and culture from a range of literary, religious, aesthetic, historical, medical, and theoretical perspectives.

Reading Skin in Medieval Literature and Culture

Author: Katie L. Walter

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230338708

Page: 248

View: 549

Skin is a multifarious image in medieval culture: the material basis for forming a sense of self and relation to the world, as well as a powerful literary and visual image. Treating key medieval English texts and traditions, from romance and exemplum to technical treatises and encyclopedias, the essays in this collection show the subject of skin to be a peculiarly resistant and revealing mode of reading texts, highlighting not the hierarchy, but the interdependency of the senses, and laying bare the intimacy of the human, the animal, the divine and the monstrous in medieval natural philosophy, pastoralia and ethics, and the literary imagination.

Writing and Reading in Medieval Manuscript Culture

This book relates a story about the writing, reading, and reception of one text in three different cultural and political contexts across Europe.

Writing and Reading in Medieval Manuscript Culture

Author: Stefka Georgieva Eriksen

Publisher: Brepols Pub

ISBN: 9782503547794

Page: 257

View: 829

This book relates a story about the writing, reading, and reception of one text in three different cultural and political contexts across Europe. The focus is on the story of the Christian knight Elye and his Saracen princess Rosamunde, which was translated into Old Norse in the thirteenth century. This is a study of three of the manuscripts in which the work is preserved: one Old French manuscript from Flanders (BnF, fr. 25516, c. 1280) and two Old Norse manuscripts, one from Norway (DG 4-7 fol., c. 1270) and one from Iceland (Holm Perg 6 4 to, c. 1400). These manuscripts represent three different rhetorical and communicative situations and show how the writing and reading of the same text was conditioned by the respective cultural and political environment. The book innovatively conveys Old Norse culture as an active respondent, participant, and thus modulator of European literary tendencies. Tracing the translation, transmission, and transformation of the text throughout Europe redefines aspects of the Latin-vernacular nexus in the Middle Ages, and thus presents a new and valuable voice in the discussion of medieval European literary and cultural systems.

Reading the Past

A collection of nineteen essays old and new on a number of themes - class relations in medieval society, the ethos of cities, the cultural significance of clothes, for example - which are concerned, directly or indirectly, with the ...

Reading the Past

Author: V. J. Scattergood

Publisher: Four Courts PressLtd

ISBN:

Page: 310

View: 973

A collection of nineteen essays old and new on a number of themes - class relations in medieval society, the ethos of cities, the cultural significance of clothes, for example - which are concerned, directly or indirectly, with the political and social dimensions of medieval and renaissance writing.

Reading Medieval Anchoritism

Religion and Culture in the Middle Ages aims to explore the interface between
medieval religion and culture, with as broad an understanding of those terms as
possible. It puts to the forefront studies which engage with works that significantly
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Reading Medieval Anchoritism

Author: Mari Hughes-Edwards

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 0708325068

Page: 190

View: 199

Medieval anchorites willingly embraced the most extreme form of solitude known to the medieval world, so they might forge a closer connection with God. Yet to be physically enclosed within the same four walls for life required strength far beyond most medieval Christians. This book explores the English anchoritic guides which were written, revised and translated, throughout the Middle Ages, to enable recluses to come to terms with the enormity of their choices. The book explores five centuries of the guides’ negotiations of four anchoritic ideals: enclosure, solitude, chastity and orthodoxy, and of two vital anchoritic spiritual practices: asceticism and contemplative experience. It explodes the myth of the anchorhold as solitary death-cell, revealing it as the site of potential intellectual exchange and spiritual growth.

The Book of Memory

New insights into the role of memory in the medieval world are revealed in this wide-ranging study that draws on a range of examples from Dante, Chaucer, & Aquinas to the symbolism of illuminated manuscripts.

The Book of Memory

Author: Mary J. Carruthers

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521429733

Page: 393

View: 739

New insights into the role of memory in the medieval world are revealed in this wide-ranging study that draws on a range of examples from Dante, Chaucer, & Aquinas to the symbolism of illuminated manuscripts.

A Short History of the Middle Ages Volume II

This volume spans the period c.900 to c.1500. The text has been significantly updated to reflect growing interest in the Islamic world and Mediterranean region.

A Short History of the Middle Ages  Volume II

Author: Barbara H. Rosenwein

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442636297

Page: 264

View: 566

In this newest edition of her bestselling book, Barbara H. Rosenwein integrates the history of European, Byzantine, and Islamic medieval cultures--as well as their Eurasian connections--in a dynamic narrative. This volume spans the period c.900 to c.1500. The text has been significantly updated to reflect growing interest in the Islamic world and Mediterranean region. Stunning plates featuring art and architecture weave together events, mentalities, and aesthetics. Medievalist Riccardo Cristiani authors a new feature on material culture that examines the intricacies of manuscript production and the lustrous glazes of Islamic ceramics. A fully revised map program offers user-friendly spot maps that clarify events right where they are discussed as well as dazzling topographical maps that reveal the very contours of the medieval world. Helpful genealogies, figures, architectural plans, and lists of key dates complement the text. All maps, genealogies, and figures are available on the History Matters website (www.utphistorymatters.com) for easy download. Students will find this site equally useful for its hundreds of study questions and their click-to-reveal answers.

The Book of Memory

While responding to new directions in research inspired by the original, this new edition devotes much more attention to the role of trained memory in composition, whether of literature, music, architecture, or manuscript books.

The Book of Memory

Author: Mary Carruthers

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107652251

Page: 540

View: 838

Mary Carruthers's classic study of the training and uses of memory for a variety of purposes in European cultures during the Middle Ages has fundamentally changed the way scholars understand medieval culture. This fully revised and updated second edition considers afresh all the material and conclusions of the first. While responding to new directions in research inspired by the original, this new edition devotes much more attention to the role of trained memory in composition, whether of literature, music, architecture, or manuscript books. The new edition will reignite the debate on memory in medieval studies and, like the first, will be essential reading for scholars of history, music, the arts and literature, as well as those interested in issues of orality and literacy (anthropology), in the working and design of memory (both neuropsychology and artificial memory), and in the disciplines of meditation (religion).

Spaces for Reading in Later Medieval England

Drawing on a rich variety of material, this collection of essays demonstrates that the spaces in which reading took place (or in which reading could take place) in later medieval England directly influenced how and why reading happened.

Spaces for Reading in Later Medieval England

Author: Mary C. Flannery

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137428627

Page: 215

View: 266

We are living in an age in which the relationship between reading and space is evolving swiftly. Cutting-edge technologies and developments in the publication and consumption of literature continue to uncover new physical, electronic, and virtual contexts in which reading can take place. In comparison with the accessibility that has accompanied these developments, the medieval reading experience may initially seem limited and restrictive, available only to a literate few or to their listeners; yet attention to the spaces in which medieval reading habits can be traced reveals a far more vibrant picture in which different kinds of spaces provided opportunities for a wide range of interactions with and contributions to the texts being read. Drawing on a rich variety of material, this collection of essays demonstrates that the spaces in which reading took place (or in which reading could take place) in later medieval England directly influenced how and why reading happened.

The Role of the Book in Medieval Culture

In September 1982 a symposium of 'The Role of the Book in Medieval Culture' was held at Christ Church in Oxford. The present two volumes collect papers and chairmen's introductions.

The Role of the Book in Medieval Culture

Author: Peter Ganz

Publisher: Brepols Pub

ISBN: 9782503780030

Page: 286

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In September 1982 a symposium of 'The Role of the Book in Medieval Culture' was held at Christ Church in Oxford. The present two volumes collect papers and chairmen's introductions.

Reading the Middle Ages

Reading the Middle Ages is well-known for providing thematic and geographical diversity, clear and informative introductions, and close integration with A Short History of the Middle Ages.

Reading the Middle Ages

Author: Barbara H. Rosenwein

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442636734

Page: 568

View: 439

Reading the Middle Ages is well-known for providing thematic and geographical diversity, clear and informative introductions, and close integration with A Short History of the Middle Ages.

The Archpoet and Medieval Culture

This is the first monograph to be published about one of the most famous and least understood authors of the Latin Middle Ages.

The Archpoet and Medieval Culture

Author: Peter Godman

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198719221

Page: 280

View: 867

Setting the Archpoet's world and works in their historical contexts, Peter Godman argues that they provide insight into a brilliant counter-culture of medieval Germany. Its subtlest exponent did not indulge in literary play but refashioned the political, social, and religious roles available to a 12th-century thinker in order to create, for himself and his patron, an identity alternative to the norms of clerical conformity prevalent elsewhere in Europe.