Cultural Reformations: Medieval and Renaissance in Literary History

Cultural Reformations: Medieval and Renaissance in Literary History

by Brian Cummings
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199212481

ISBN-13: 9780199212484

Pub. Date: 08/20/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The original essays in Oxford Twenty-First Century Approaches to Literature mean to provoke rather than reassure, to challenge rather than codify. Instead of summarizing existing knowledge scholars working in the field aim at opening fresh discussion; instead of emphasizing settled consensus they direct their readers to areas of enlivened and unresolved

Overview

The original essays in Oxford Twenty-First Century Approaches to Literature mean to provoke rather than reassure, to challenge rather than codify. Instead of summarizing existing knowledge scholars working in the field aim at opening fresh discussion; instead of emphasizing settled consensus they direct their readers to areas of enlivened and unresolved debate.

The deepest periodic division in English literary history has been between the Medieval and the Early Modern, not least because the cultural investments in maintaining that division are exceptionally powerful. Narratives of national and religious identity and freedom; of individual liberties; of the history of education and scholarship; of reading or the history of the book; of the very possibility of persuasive historical consciousness itself: each of these narratives (and more) is motivated by positing a powerful break around 1500.

None of the claims for a profound historical and cultural break at the turn of the fifteenth into the sixteenth centuries is negligible. The very habit of working within those periodic bounds (either Medieval or Early Modern) tends, however, simultaneously to affirm and to ignore the rupture. It affirms the rupture by staying within standard periodic bounds, but it ignores it by never examining the rupture itself. The moment of profound change is either, for medievalists, just over an unexplored horizon; or, for Early Modernists, a zero point behind which more penetrating examination is unnecessary. That situation is now rapidly changing. Scholars are building bridges that link previously insular areas. Both periods are starting to look different in dialogue with each other.

The change underway has yet to find collected voices behind it. Cultural Reformations volume aims to provide those voices. It will give focus, authority, and drive to a new area.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199212484
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/20/2010
Series:
Oxford Twenty-First Century Approaches to Literature Series, #2
Pages:
540
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: Medieval and Renaissance in Literary History Brian Cummings & James Simpson
HISTORIES
Anachronism, Margreta de Grazia
Nation and Vernacularity, Ardis Butterfield
Historiography, Jesse Lander
Literary Histories, Seth Lerer
SPATIALITIES
Place, James Simpson
Enclosed Spaces, Lynn Staley
Travel, Andrew Hadfield
DOCTRINES
The Eucharist, David Aers/ Sarah Beckwith
The Saints, Janel Mueller
Vernacular Theology, Thomas Betteridge
Conscience, Paul Strohm
LEGALITIES
Theatre and Jurisdiction, Lorna Hutson
When English became Latin, Tim Machan
Heresy and Treason, David Loewenstein
Naughty Printed Books, David Kastan
OUTSIDE THE LAW
Utopian Pleasure, Stephen Greenblatt
Folly, Greg Walker
Despair, Nicholas Watson
LITERATURE
Fame, Chaucer and English Poetry, Helen Cooper
"Literature", Gordon Teskey
Style, Maura Nolan
London Books and London Readers, Julia Boffey
COMMUNITIES
Community, Cathy Shrank
The Reformation of the Household, Colin Burrow
Monasticism, Vincent Gillespie
Nuns, David Wallace
LABOUR
Active and Contemplative Lives, Jennifer Summit
Childbirth, Alexandra Barratt
Idleness, James Kearney
SELFHOOD
Persona, John Parker
Passion, Ramie Targoff
Autobiography and the History of Reading, Brian Cummings
INDEX

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