Speaking Two Languages: Traditional Disciplines and Contemporary Theory in Medieval Studies

Speaking Two Languages: Traditional Disciplines and Contemporary Theory in Medieval Studies

by Allen J. Frantzen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791405060

ISBN-13: 9780791405062

Pub. Date: 02/01/1991

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This book is designed for the medievalist interested in contemporary criticism but cautious about its limits. The volume’s essays are not designed to offer rereadings of familiar texts, but to address the problems of articulating tradition and contemporary theory. Each contributor interprets critical methods as consciously chosen and spoken

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This book is designed for the medievalist interested in contemporary criticism but cautious about its limits. The volume’s essays are not designed to offer rereadings of familiar texts, but to address the problems of articulating tradition and contemporary theory. Each contributor interprets critical methods as consciously chosen and spoken “languages,” and explores the consequences of combining a traditional and a contemporary method, and hence, speaking two languages. Each essay includes a critical bibliographical note pointing to further reading in the languages it employs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791405062
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
02/01/1991
Series:
SUNY series in Medieval Studies Series
Pages:
297
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface

1. Prologue: Documents and Monuments: Difference and Inter-disciplinarity in the Study of Medieval Culture
Allen J. Frantzen

2. On Reading Eve: Genesis B and the Readers' Desire
Gillian R. Overing

3. Beowulf and the Origins of Civilization
James W Earl

4. The Plot of Piers Plowman and the Contradictions of Feudalism
Britton J. Harwood

5. The Language of Transgression: Body, Flesh, and Word in Mystical Discourse
Karma Lochrie

6. Texts That Speak to Readers Who Hear: Old English Poetry and the Languages of Oral Tradition
John Miles Foley

7. Working with Patristic Sources: Language and Context in Old English Homilies
Clare A. Lees

8. Medieval Textuality and the Archaeology of Textual Culture
Martin Irvine

9. Epilogue: De Scientia Interpretandi: Oral Tradition and the Place of Other Theories in the Graduate Curriculum
Adam Brooke Davis

Notes

Contributors

Index

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