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

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

by Brian Stock
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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)
From the Publisher

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801839030
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
07/01/1968
Series:
Parallax: Re-visions of Culture and Society Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
7.87(w) x 9.84(h) x (d)

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