Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture

Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture (essay collections) and Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture (monographs) are sister series originally inspired by themes drawn from the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo. These series provide a home for high‐quality humanities research on topics from the late antique, medieval and early modern periodsBeginning in 2018, all books listed in RMEMC are also part of SMEMC.

Series introduction

Humanities research plays a vital role in contemporary civic life and offers human and humane insights into today’s greatest challenges. Medieval Institute Publications is proud to take a stand for the humanities, and we are committed to the expansion of humanistic study, inquiry and discourse inside and outside the of the university. Research into the premodern world offers complex understandings of how cultural ideas, traditions and practices are constructed, transferred and disseminated among different agents and regions. Knowledge of the premodern past, in particular, helps us to contextualize contemporary debates about identity, integration, political legitimacy, creativity and cultural dynamics.

Although Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture and Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture have historically focused on medieval Europe, we have expanded geographically and chronologically to embrace a wider conception of the premodern. We welcome studies addressing a range of topics from the late antique, medieval and early modern periods, and we invite proposals from new and established scholars who employ innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to investigate literary, historical and material sources and explore what it has meant to be human through the ages.

Geographical Scope: global

Chronological Scope: late antique, medieval, and early modern

Submissions

Proposals or completed projects to be considered for publication should be sent to Shannon Cunningham, acquisitions editor for the series. For other inquiries, consult Theresa Whitaker. Since the scope of the series is so broad, the press identifies evaluators on a case by case basis before any formal commitment is made to the author. Further, all submitted manuscripts are subject to peer review from an independent expert chosen by the press.

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Publications

Cover image of Architectural Rhetoric in Shakespeare and Spenser: an image of a market scene with the title in whiteArchitectural Rhetoric in Shakespeare and Spenser

Jennifer Vaught

This book illustrates how architectural rhetoric in Shakespeare and Spenser provides a bridge between the human body and mind and the nonhuman world of stone and timber.

Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture XXIV, ISBN 978-1-50151-793-8 (hardback), 978-1-5015-1315-2 (PDF), 978-1-5015-1309-1 (EPUB) © 2019

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Early Modern Britain's Relationship to Its Past: The Historiographical Fortunes of the Legends of Brute, Albina, and Scota

Philip Mark Robinson-Self

This volume considers the reception in the early modern period of four popular medieval myths of nationhood—the legends of Brutus, Albina, and Scota—tracing their intertwined literary and historiographical afterlives.

Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture XXIII, ISBN 978-1-58044-351-7 (hardback), 978-1-58044-352-4 (PDF), 978-3-11-062668-1 (EPUB) © 2018

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The Valiant Welshman, the Scottish James, and the Formation of Great Britain

By Megan S. Lloyd

This book explores how R.A.'s play "The Valiant Welshman" reflected contemporary hopes and fears about the potential unification of England and Scotland during the reign of James VI of Scotland and I of England.

Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture XXII, ISBN 978-1-58044-353-1 (hardback), 978-1-58044-354-8 (PDF), 978-3-11-062540-0 (EPUB) © 2018

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Cover of The Gawain-Poet and the Fourteenth-Century English Anticlerical Tradition: Initial E - Jonah Cast Into the Sea, about 1270The Gawain-Poet and the Fourteenth-Century English Anticlerical Tradition

Ethan Campbell

A fresh contextual reading of the four Middle English "Gawain" poems that situates them within the rich tradition of fourteenth-century English anticlericalism.

Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture XXI, ISBN 978-1-58044-307-4 (hardback) © 2018

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Cover image of Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra, and the Nature of Fame: Robert Delaunay, Stage Design for Cleopatra, ca. 1918
Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra, and the Nature of Fame

Robert A. Logan

A characterological study of the standards of measure and the nature of fame of the renowned figures in "Antony and Cleopatra," juxtaposed to the origins and nature of Shakespeare's fame.

Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture XX, ISBN 978-158044-319-7 (hardback) © 2018

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Cover image of Spenser's Narrative Figuration of Women in The Faerie Queen: a large mirror with an ornate gold border


Spenser's Narrative Figuration of Women in "The Faerie Queene"

Judith H. Anderson

This study interrogates the figuration of women within the narrative of Spenser's culturally encyclopedic romance-epic, "The Faerie Queene."

Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture XIX, ISBN 978-158044-317-3 (hardback) © 2018

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Cover image of Medieval London: Collected Papers of Caroline M. Barron: Common Seal of the City of LondonMedieval London: Collected Papers of Caroline M. Barron

Martha Carlin and Joel Rosenthal

Caroline Barron is the world's leading authority on the history of medieval London and she has made her impact through a series of major articles revised and updated here.

Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture XVIII, ISBN 978-158044-256-5 (hardback) © 2017

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Cover image of The Disperata, from Medieval Italy to Renaissance France: a photograph of the remains of a monastery, looking through a stone arch, by Gino RomitiThe Disperata, from Medieval Italy to Renaissance France

Gabriella Scarlatta

This study explores how Italian and French poets adopted the "disperata" genre to establish a tradition that both merges with and subverts Petrarchism.

Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture XVII, ISBN 978-158044-256-5 (hardback) © 2017

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Cover image of Art in Spain and Portugal from the Romans to the Early Middle Ages: Routes and Myths: The Sacrifice of Abraham, San Pedro de la Nave (carving at the top of a stone column)Art in Spain and Portugal from the Romans to the Early Middle Ages: Routes and Myths

Rose Walker

A reconsideration of Spanish and Portuguese art and architecture from the time of the Romans to the turn of the eleventh century. Challenging earlier overviews, Walker highlights the artistic unities shared by Christians and Muslims that culminated in the later tenth century and went on to inform aspects of Romanesque art.

Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture XVII, ISBN 978-1-58044-264-0 (hardback) © 2017

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Cover image of Vernacular Traditions of Boethius's "De consolatione philosophiae": MS Hunter 374 f.4r Boethius with Students in Prison, from "De Consolatione Philosophiae cum Commento", 1385 on vellumVernacular Traditions of Boethius’s “De consolatione philosophiae”

Edited by Noel Harold Kaylor Jr. And Philip Edward Phillips

This collection critically examines translations of Boethius's “Consolatio” not only into English and German but also into Dutch, Italian, Polish, Hebrew, Greek and Korean.

ISBN 978-1-58044-216-9 (hardback) © 2016

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Cover image of The Final Book of Giovanni Villani's New Chronicle: Statue of Giovanni Villani by Gaetano Trentanove, 1890, Loggia del Mercato Nuovo, Piazza del Mercato Nuovo, Florence, April 2014 by Giacomo Spagnoli

The Final Book of Giovanni Villani’s New Chronicle

Translated from the Italian by Rala Diakite and Matthew Sneider

The first full translation of the final book of Giovanni Villani's important “Cronica Fiorentina” - includes introduction, annotations and index.

ISBN 978-1-58044-217-6 (hardback) © 2016

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A Bibliographical Guide to the Study of the Troubadours and Old Occitan Literature

Robert A. Taylor

Taylor provides a definitive survey of the field of Occitan literary studies and treats over two thousand recent books and articles with full annotations. Taylor's painstaking attention to detail and broad knowledge of the field ensure that this guide will become the essential resource for Occitan literary studies worldwide.

ISBN 978-1-58044-215-2 (hardback), 978-1-58044-207-7 (paperback) © 2015


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Cover image of Demon Possession in Anglo-Saxon EnglandDemon Possession in Anglo-Saxon England

Peter Dendle

Anglo-Saxon England was a society governed by the competing discourses of illness, spirituality, power, and community. The concepts of demon possession and exorcism, introduced by Christian missionaries, provided a potential outlet for expressing the psychological, biological, and sociopolitical dysfunctions of a society that was at the center of multiple conflicting cultural dimensions. This book is a reexamination of the available sources describing the possessed and a study of the currently recognized medical and psychiatric conditions that may be relevant to and resemble medieval possession.

ISBN 978-1-58044-169-8 (hardback) © 2014

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Cover image of Saints at PlaySaints at Play: The Performance Features of French Hagiographic Mystery Plays

Vicki L. Hamblin

In the introduction to her study of twenty-eight French nonbiblical hagiographic mystery plays from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, Hamblin notes that "this approach is intended to strengthen a comparative analysis of relatively similar texts created within a particular cultural setting."

ISBN 978-1-58044-167-4 (hardback) © 2012

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William Langland, Piers Plowman: A Parallel-Text Edition of the A, B, C and Z Versions

Edited by A.V.C. Schmidt

This work—a parallel-text edition that contains all four versions of Piers Plowman—constitutes a major enterprise of textual scholarship and will provide for students of Langland a modern equivalent to Skeat's standard edition of 1886. This revised and corrected three-volume set is specifically designed to facilitate study of the parallel text (Volume 1) alongside both the textual notes (Volume 2, Part 1) and the commentary/glossary (Volume 2, Part 2), and is intended to make the entire edition available to as many students of Langland as possible.

Volume 1 revises the first edition published by Longman in 1995. The two-part Volume 2 contains in a full and clearly presented form all the material essential for advanced study of a great medieval poem that continues to attract wide and intense interest.

3-volume set, ISBN 978-1-58044-161-2 (paperback set) © 2011

  • 2nd edition of Volume 1: Text (pp. xviii + 764), ISBN 978-1-58044-158-2 (paperback) © 2011
  • Revised edition of Volume 2, Part 1: Introduction and Textual Notes (pp. xiv + 472), ISBN 978-1-58044-159-9 (paperback) © 2011
  • Revised edition of Volume 2, Part 2: Commentary, Bibliography and Indexical Glossary (pp. viii + 476), ISBN 978-1-58044-160-5 (paperback) © 2011
  • Earlier edition of Volume 2, Parts 1 and 2 (pp. xiv + 950), ISBN 978-1-58044-141-4© 2008 out of print
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My Wyl and My Wrytyng: Essays on John the Blind Audelay

Edited by Susanna Fein

The essays examine Audelay's biography, his self-representation as the maker of his book, and the specific parts of that book, from the poems and colophons found in "The Counsel of Conscience" to the salutations and carols that follow in the manuscript, concluding with a defense of Audelay's authorship of "Three Dead Kings" and Fein's own study of the multiple endings of the Audelay Manuscript. The scholarly work gathered in this collection allows John the Blind Audelay to take his rightful place among his peers in early fifteenth-century English literature.

ISBN 978-1-58044-135-3 (hardback), 978-1-58044-136-0 (paperback) © 2009

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Inventing Latin Heretics: Byzantines and the Filioque in the Ninth Century

Tia M. Kolbaba

Focusing on the ninth-century beginnings of Byzantine writings against the Latin addition of the Filioque to the creed, this book illuminates several aspects of Byzantine thought—their self-definition, their theology, their uniquely constituted state—based both on what they had to say for themselves and on modern approaches to the study of group identity, religious conflict, and sociology of knowledge. The book introduces the concept of heresiology in general, defining terms, summarizing a vast body of secondary scholarship, and bringing the history of Byzantine antiheretical texts down to the ninth century.

ISBN 978-1-58044-133-9 (hardback) © 2009

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Late Medieval England (1377–1485): A Bibliography of Historical Scholarship, 1990–1999

Joel T. Rosenthal

The volume represents the second part of Rosenthal's cataloging of historical scholarship on Ricardian, Lancastrian and Yorkist England, covering categories from political and legal history to social and intellectual history and the arts. As Rosenthal notes in the introduction, its size (1,888 entries for the decade) "hardly gives much support to those who warn us of the imminent demise of the more traditional lines of historical endeavor and inquiry."

ISBN 1-58044-075-4 (hardback) © 2003

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Magister Paulus Niavis: Epistole breues, Epistole mediocres, Epistole longiores

Edited by Rand H. Johnson

During the last two decades of the fifteenth century Paulus Niavis wrote Latin dialogues and letters in the desire to equip students with a sufficient and elegant means of expressing themselves on many aspects of their experiences at the university. For the modern reader the letters witness life and thought at a critical stage of early modern German history.

ISBN 1-879288-51-6 (hardback) © 1995

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Late Medieval England (1377–1485): A Bibliography of Historical Scholarship, 1975–1989

Joel T. Rosenthal

This volume is the first part of Rosenthal’s cataloging of historical scholarship on Ricardian, Lancastrian and Yorkist England, and covers categories from political and legal history to social and intellectual history and the arts. This volume is a must for any scholar of the period.

ISBN 1-879288-16-8 (hardback) © 1994

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Early Prose in France: Contexts of Bilingualism and Authority

Jeanette M.A. Beer

This study of some of the earliest examples of French prose is designed to show that prose as a genre did not suddenly appear in the thirteenth century as a result of "diversification" but "had been, for many centuries before the thirteenth, the medium of the clercs." It had been honed by constant use to all manner of functions whether legal, diplomatic, epistolary or edificatory.

ISBN 1-879288-12-5 (hardback) © 1992

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Anglo-Saxon Textual Illustration: Photographs of Sixteen Manuscripts with Descriptions and Index

Compiled and edited by Thomas H. Ohlgren

Illustrations and major decoration of sixteen Anglo-Saxon manuscripts, fully described and indexed, are reproduced here in 454 photographs, many for the first time. Manuscripts included are: the Athelstan Psalter, the Harley Psalter, the Bury Psalter, the Paris Psalter, the Boulogne Gospels, the Arenberg Gospels, the Trinity Gospels, the Eadui Codex, Pembroke College MS 301, the Bury Gospels, the Judith of Flanders Gospels (Pierpont Morgan MSS 709 and 708), the Monte Casino Gospel Book, the Hereford Gospels, the Psychomachia of Prudentius and the Junius Manuscript.

ISBN 1-879288-10-9 (hardback) © 1992

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 The Shadow of Dante in French Renaissance Lyric: Scève's Délie

By Alison Baird Lovell

This book project presents an original and paradoxical interpretation of Maurice Scève's lyric sequence Délie, object de plus haulte vertu (Lyon, 1544) in light of the Vita nova, Commedia [Divine Comedy], and other works of Dante Alighieri, whose subtle influence on Scève has not been elucidated in depth by scholars, unlike the more evident references to the Canzoniere of Francesco Petrarca. Scholars generally consider the sequence of dense, epigrammatic dizains that comprise Délie to be an early example of French Renaissance imitation of Petrarch's lyric poetry, in a time when imitatio was an established literary practice, signifying the poet's participation in a tradition. While Petrarch's Canzoniere is an important source for Scève's Délie, both works are part of a long poetic lineage that includes Occitan troubadours. The book argues that the 'Petrarchan' label is problematic for Scève's Délie, and that Dante is a relevant predecessor and source.

Hysteria, Perversion, and Paranoia in The Canterbury Tales:     "Wild" Analysis and the Symptomatic Storyteller

By Becky Renee McLaughlin

Beginning with the spectacle of hysteria, moving through the perversions of fetishism, masochism, and sadism, and ending with paranoia and psychosis, this book explores the ways that conflicts with the Oedipal law erupt on the body and in language in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, for Chaucer’s tales are rife with issues of mastery and control that emerge as conflicts not only between authority and experience but also between power and knowledge, word and flesh, rule books and reason, man and woman, same and other—conflicts that erupt in a macabre sprawl of broken bones, dismembered bodies, cut throats, and decapitations.  Like the macabre sprawl of conflict in the Canterbury Tales, this book brings together a number of conflicting modes of thinking and writing through the surprising and perhaps disconcerting use of  “shadow” chapters that speak to or against the four “central” chapters, creating both dialogue and interruption.

Sacred Journeys in the Counter-Reformation: Long Distance Pilgrimage in North-Western Europe

By Elizabeth Caroline Tingle

Sacred Journeys in the Counter-Reformation examines long-distance pilgrimages to ancient, international shrines in northwestern Europe in the two centuries after Luther. In this region in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, saints' cults and pilgrimage were frequently contested, more so than in the Mediterranean world. France, the Low Countries and the British Isles were places of disputation and hostility between Protestant and Catholic; sacred landscapes and journeys came under attack and in some regions, were outlawed by the state. Taking as case studies hugely popular medieval shrines such as Compostela, Rocamadour, the Mont Saint-Michel and Lough Derg, the impact of Protestant criticism and Catholic revival on shrines, pilgrims' motives and experiences is examined through life writings, devotional works and institutional records. The central focus is that of agency in religious change: what drove spiritual reform and what were its consequences for the 'ordinary' Catholic? This is explored through concepts of the religious self, holy materiality, and sacred space.