Listening for the Text: On the Uses of the Past (Parallax: Re-visions of Culture and Society Series)

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Listening for a wide range of medieval and modern texts, Stock studies the ways in which the growth of interest in language in the Middle Ages forms the background to the contemporary study of oral and literate culture. He discusses the possibilities opened by new forms of cooperation between history and literature and explores the role that medieval linguistic theory played in shaping modern social categories; the legacy of Romanticism in our conceptualization of the Middle Ages; the use of literary discourse in...
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Listening for a wide range of medieval and modern texts, Stock studies the ways in which the growth of interest in language in the Middle Ages forms the background to the contemporary study of oral and literate culture. He discusses the possibilities opened by new forms of cooperation between history and literature and explores the role that medieval linguistic theory played in shaping modern social categories; the legacy of Romanticism in our conceptualization of the Middle Ages; the use of literary discourse in the writing of social history; the problem of textual communities in early Christianity and Judaism; and the concepts of tradition and modernity that emerge from cultural anthropology.
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Traces the modern study of oral and literate cultures, particularly the importance given to written documents, to the growth of interest in language in the Middle Ages. Also explores the influence of mediaeval linguistic theory on modern social categories. Stock (mediaeval studies and comp. literature, Toronto) is particularly interested in the relationship between history as event and history as textual interpretation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Stock has opened up lines of thinking about the medieval world—and our modern one too—which lead in fascinating directions."—Times Literary Supplement

"A challenging and informative work."—South Atlantic Review

"Indispensable as a case study of the problems and promise of writing cultural history from a truly comparative and interdisciplinary point of view."—Comparative Literature Studies

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Meet the Author

Brian Stock is Professor of History and Comparative Literature, University of Toronto. He is author of The Implications of Literacy: Written Language and Models of Interpretation in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries; Augustine the Reader: Meditation, Self-Knowledge, and the Ethics of Interpretation; and After Augustine: The Meditative Reader and the Text, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Orality, Literacy, and the Sense of the Past 1
Ch. 1 History, Literature, Textuality 16
Ch. 2 Medieval Literacy, Linguistic Theory, and Social Organization 30
Ch. 3 Romantic Attitudes and Academic Medievalism 52
Ch. 4 Literary Discourse and the Social Historian 75
Ch. 5 Language and Culture: Saussure, Ricoeur, and Foucault 95
Ch. 6 Max Weber, Western Rationality, and the Middle Ages 113
Ch. 7 Textual Communities: Judaism, Christianity, and the Definitional Problem 140
Ch. 8 Tradition and Modernity: Models from the Past 159
Notes 173
Index 193
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