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
     
 

"Ours is largely an ahistorical world. And yet we take history very seriously. The more remote the past becomes, the more we seem to concern ourselves with understanding it. We are no longer linked to our ancestors through common material conditions. If earlier ages still have a hold on us, it is through our thoughts about them.

"The essays in this volume are

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"Ours is largely an ahistorical world. And yet we take history very seriously. The more remote the past becomes, the more we seem to concern ourselves with understanding it. We are no longer linked to our ancestors through common material conditions. If earlier ages still have a hold on us, it is through our thoughts about them.

"The essays in this volume are about a segment of the past that runs roughly from the end of antiquity to the thirteenth century. More generally, they are about recollecting the past by putting words into writings. They are equally about the past that is written about and the writing that brings it to life. In other words, they deal with the creation of the past as text."—from the Introduction

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812216127
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Series:
The Middle Ages Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.53(w) x 8.59(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Orality, Literacy, and the Sense of the Past

Ch. 1. History, Literature, Textuality
Ch. 2. Medieval Literacy, Linguistic Theory, and Social Organization
Ch. 3. Romantic Attitudes and Academic Medievalism
Ch. 4. Literary Discourse and the Social Historian
Ch. 5. Language and Culture: Saussure, Ricoeur, and Foucault
Ch. 6. Max Weber, Western Rationality, and the Middle Ages
Ch. 7. Textual Communities: Judaism, Christianity, and the Definitional Problem
Ch. 8. Tradition and Modernity: Models from the Past

Notes
Index

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