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The Making of Textual Culture: 'Grammatica' and Literary Theory, 350-1100
     

The Making of Textual Culture: 'Grammatica' and Literary Theory, 350-1100

by Martin Irvine, Alastair Minnis
 

ISBN-10: 0521414474

ISBN-13: 9780521414470

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is the first major study of the cultural role of grammatica, the central discipline concerned with literacy, language, and literature in early medieval society. Martin Irvine draws together several aspects of medieval culture—literary theory, the nature of literacy, education, Biblical interpretation, linguistic thought—in order to reveal the more

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This is the first major study of the cultural role of grammatica, the central discipline concerned with literacy, language, and literature in early medieval society. Martin Irvine draws together several aspects of medieval culture—literary theory, the nature of literacy, education, Biblical interpretation, linguistic thought—in order to reveal the more far-reaching social effects of grammatica in medieval culture. The book is based on new and previously neglected sources, many of which have been edited from medieval manuscripts for the first time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521414470
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature Series , #19
Pages:
628
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.57(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Prefece; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Grammatica: a historical and methodological introduction; 1. The formation of grammatica within classical discursive practices; 2. The developing model of grammatica in the Roman and early medieval world; 3. Linguistic foundations; 4. Enarratio I: commentaries on Vergil from Donatus to Fulgentius; 5. Grammatica and the formation of medieval textual communities: Alexandria to Isidore of Seville; 6. Enarratio II: interpretation and the grammar of allegory; 7. Grammatica and textual culture in Anglo-Saxon England and Carolingian Europe; 8. The genres of grammatical culture and manuscript textuality; 9. The implications of grammatical culture in Anglo-Saxon England; 10. Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Indexes.

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