The Implications of Literacy: Written Language and Models of Interpretation in the 11th and 12th Centuries by Brian Stock | 9780691102276 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
The Implications of Literacy: Written Language and Models of Interpretation in the 11th and 12th Centuries

The Implications of Literacy: Written Language and Models of Interpretation in the 11th and 12th Centuries

by Brian Stock
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691102279

ISBN-13: 9780691102276

Pub. Date: 01/01/1987

Publisher: Princeton University Press

This book explores the influence of literacy on eleventh and twelfth-century life and though on social organization, on the criticism of ritual and symbol, on the rise of empirical attitudes, on the relationship between language and reality, and on the broad interaction between ideas and society.

Medieval and early modern literacy, Brian Stock argues, did not

Overview

This book explores the influence of literacy on eleventh and twelfth-century life and though on social organization, on the criticism of ritual and symbol, on the rise of empirical attitudes, on the relationship between language and reality, and on the broad interaction between ideas and society.

Medieval and early modern literacy, Brian Stock argues, did not simply supersede oral discourse but created a new type of interdependence between the oral and the written. If, on the surface, medieval culture was largely oral, texts nonetheless emerged as a reference system both for everyday activities and for giving shape to larger vehicles of interpretation. Even when texts were not actually present, people often acted and behaved as if they were.

The book uses methods derived from anthropology, from literary theory, and from historical research, and is divided into five chapters. The first treats the growth and shape of medieval literacy itself. Theo other four look afresh at some of the period's major issues—heresy, reform, the Eucharistic controversy, the thought of Anselm, Abelard, and St. Bernard, together with the interpretation of contemporary experience—in the light of literacy's development. The study concludes that written language was the chief integrating instrument for diverse cultural achievements.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691102276
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1987
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
616
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.49(d)

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