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 periods. Beginning in 2018, all books listed in RMEMC are also part of SMEMC.
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
Proposals or completed projects to be considered for publication should be sent to Shannon Cunningham, acquisitions editor for the series. For other inquiries, please 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.
Edited by Arthur J. DiFuria and Ian Verstegen
The essays in the volume build on Marcia Hall's seminal contributions in several categories crucial for Renaissance studies, especially the spatiality of the church interior, the altarpiece's facture and affectivity, the notion of artistic style, and the controversy over images in the era of Counter Reform. The book works cumulatively to provide blocks of theoretical and empirical research on issues spanning the function and role of images in their contexts over two centuries.
Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture XXXI, ISBN 978-1-50151-801-0 (hardback), ISBN 978-1-50151-348-0 (PDF) © 2021
By Gwenyth E. Hood
An artist or mystic can refresh and revive a culture’s imagination by exploring his personal dream-images and connecting them to the past. Dante Alighieri presents his Divine Comedy as a dream-vision, investing considerable energy in establishing and alluding to its dates (starting Good Friday, 1300). Modern readers will therefore welcome a Jungian psychoanalytical approach, which can trace both instinctual and spiritual impulses in the human psyche.
Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture XXX, ISBN 978-1-50151-822-5 (hardback), ISBN 978-1-50151-372-5 (PDF), ISBN 978-1-50151-356-5 (EPUB), © 2021
By Daniel Williman and Karen Corsano
The core of this book is the life story of a manuscript codex, British Library Royal MS 13 E.iv: the Latin Chronicle (from the Creation to 1300) of Guillaume de Nangis, copied in a Paris atelier from the original in the abbey of St-Denis-en-France. The authors show how it traveled from one capital to the other, narrating the entire life and interesting times of this codex.
Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture XXIX, ISBN 978-1-50151-871-3 (hardback), ISBN 978-1-50151-001-4 (PDF), ISBN 978-1-50151-005-2 (EPUB), © 2020
By Jonathan Fruoco
Geoffrey Chaucer has long been considered by the critics as the father of English poetry. However, this notion not only tends to forget a huge part of the history of Anglo-Saxon literature but also to ignore the specificities of Chaucer’s style — if Chaucer cannot be thought of as the father of English poetry, he is, however, the father of English prose and one of the main artisans of what Mikhail Bakhtin called the polyphonic novel.
Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture XXVIII, ISBN 978-1-50151-849-2 (hardback), ISBN 978-1-50151-436-4 (PDF), ISBN 978-1-50151-404-3 (EPUB), © 2020
By Elizabeth Caroline Tingle
This book examines long-distance pilgrimages to ancient, international shrines in northwestern Europe in the two centuries after Luther. 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.
Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture XXVII, ISBN 978-1-50151-815-5 (hardback), ISBN 978-1-50151-438-8 (PDF), ISBN 978-1-50151-413-5 (EPUB), © 2020
By Alison Baird Lovell
Scholars generally consider the sequence of dense, epigrammatic dizains that comprise Maurice Scève's lyric sequence Délie to be an early example of French Renaissance imitation of Petrarch's lyric poetry. 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 reveals Dante Alighieri as a relevant predecessor and source.
Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture XXVI, ISBN 978-1-50151-797-6 (hardback), ISBN 978-1-50151-359-6 (PDF), ISBN 978-1-50151-346-6 (EPUB), © 2020
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.
Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture XXV, ISBN 978-1-50151-841-6 (hardback), ISBN 978-1-50151-410-4 (PDF), ISBN 978-1-50151-406-7 (EPUB), © 2020
Edited by Anastasija Ropa and Timothy Dawson
This volume features approaches to equine studies from disciplines as diverse as archaeology, legal, economic and military history, urban and rural history, art and literature. This volume explores the ubiquitous – and often ambiguous – role of the horse in medieval culture, where it was simultaneously a treasured animal and a means of transport, a military machine and a loyal companion.
Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture LXX
ISBN 978-1-50151-818-8 (hardback), 978-1-50151-378-7 (PDF), 978-1-50151-401-2 (EPUB), © 2019
Edited by Katie Barclay and Bronwyn Reddan
This book highlights the range of meanings attached to the symbol of the heart, the relationship between physical and metaphorical representations of the heart, and the uses of the heart in the production of identities and communities in medieval and early modern Europe.
Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture LXVII
ISBN 978-1-50151-787-7 (hardback), 978-1-50151-327-5 (PDF), 978-1-50151-322-0 (EPUB), © 2019
Edited by Rosalind Brown-Grant, Patrizia Carmassi, Gisela Drossbach, Anne D. Hedeman, Victoria Turner, Iolanda Ventura
This volume examines power and the paratext in medieval books from intellectual disciplines such as history of the book, law, science, music, medicine, literature, art, and philosophy.
Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture LXVI
ISBN 978-1-50151-788-4 (hardback), 978-1-50151-332-9 (PDF), 978-1-50151-311-4 (EPUB), © 2019
Edited by Katherine Maynard and Jeff Kendrick
Engaging the continuous casting and recasting of opposing worldviews, this collection of essays examines literature's use of polemic and polemic's use of literature as seminal intellectual developments stemming from the religious and social turmoil that characterized sixteenth-century France. Contributions explore both literary texts (prose, poetry, and theater) and more intentionally polemical texts that fall outside of the traditional literary genres.
Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture LXV
ISBN 978-1-50151-803-4 (hardback), 978-1-50151-351-0 (PDF) © 2019
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
Edited by Subha Mukherji
A "blind spot" suggests an obstructed view, a partisan perception, or a localized lack of understanding. Just as the brain "reads" the "blind spot" of the visual field by a curious process of readjustment, Shakespearean drama disorients us with moments of unmastered and unmasterable knowledge, recasting the way we see, know, and think about knowing. Focusing on such moments of apparent obscurity, this volume puts methods and motives of knowing under the spotlight.
Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture LXV, ISBN 978-1-58044-365-4 (hardback), 978-3-11-066199-6 (PDF), 978-3-11-066044-9 (EPUB) © 2019
Edited by Eric Weiskott and Irina Dumitrescu
This volume contributes to the study of early English poetics. In these essays, several related approaches and fields of study radiate outward from poetics, including stylistics, literary history, word studies, gender studies, metrics, and textual criticism. By combining and redirecting these traditional scholarly methods, as well as exploring newer ones such as object-oriented ontology and sound studies, these essays demonstrate how poetry responds to its intellectual, literary, and material contexts.
Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture LXIV, ISBN 978-1-58044-359-3 (hardback), 978-1-58044-360-9 (PDF), 978-3-11-062660-5 (EPUB) © 2019
Edited by Bettina Koch and Cary J. Nederman
This volume adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to narrate one of the most challenging problems in the history of Western ideas: the complex story of the emergence of Modernity out of the preceding period of the Latin Middle Ages.
Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture LXIII
ISBN 978-1-58044-349-4 (hardback), 978-1-58044-350-0 (PDF), 978-3-11-062667-4 (EPUB) © 2018
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
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
Edited by Anne Leader
This volume investigates commemorative practices in Cyprus, England, Flanders, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Spain between the twelfth and seventeenth centuries. Offering a broad overview of memorialization practices across Europe and the Mediterranean, individual chapters examine local customs through particular case studies.
Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture LX
ISBN 978-158044-345-6 (hardback), 978-158044-346-3 (PDF), 978-3-11-062542-4 (EPUB) © 2018
Edited by Lisa Beaven and Angela Ndalianis
This book examines the relationship between the cultural productions of the baroque in the seventeenth century and the neo-baroque in our contemporary world. The volume illuminates how, rather than providing rationally ordered visual realms, both the baroque and the neo-baroque construct complex performative spaces whose spectacle seeks to embrace, immerse, and seduce the senses and solicit the emotions of the beholder.
Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture LIX
ISBN 978-158044-271-8 (hardback), 978-158044-272-5(PDF) © 2018
Edited by Alessandra Petrina and Ian Johnson
This book investigates and re-evaluates the impact of Latin culture in crucial areas of late medieval and early modern Scottish literature and the role it played in the development of Scottish writing.
Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture LVIII
ISBN 978-1-58044-281-7 (hardback), 978-1-58044-282-4 (PDF) © 2018
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
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
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
Saints and Sainthood around the Baltic Sea: Identity, Literacy, and Communication in the Middle Ages
Edited by Carsten Selch Jensen, Tracey Sands, Nils Holger Petersen, Kurt Villads Jensen, Tuomas M. S. Lehtonen
This volume addresses the history of saints and sainthood in the Middle Ages in the Baltic Region with a special focus on the cult of saints in Russia, Prussia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, and Latvia.
Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture LIV
ISBN 978-158044-317-3 (hardback) © 2018
Authority of Images / Images of Authority: Shaping Political and Cultural Identities in the Pre-Modern World
Edited by Karen L. Fresco
Focusing on language's political power, these essays discuss how representation, through language norms, plays and spectacles, manipulations and adaptations of texts and images, both constitutes and reflects a cultural milieu.
Studies in Medieval Culture LIII
ISBN 978-1-58044-220-6 (hardback) © 2016
Edited by Sarah A. Kelen
From Shakespeare’s manipulation of his medieval source material to Protestant responses to medieval Catholicism, this collection of essays explores the ways that early modern English writers responded to the medieval English literary and historical record, dealing with topics such as historiographic bias, print history, intertextuality and cultural history.
Studies in Medieval Culture LII
ISBN 978-1-58044-173-5 (hardback), 978-1-58044-174-2 (paperback) © 2013
Edited by D. Thomas Hanks, Jr., and Janet Jesmok
This volume explores Malory's use of myth and magic in "Morte Darthur" to engage with a variety of themes, including the pursuit of opponents and love and the human quest for maturity and fulfillment. Malory's views on and thematic use of Christianity are also investigated.
Studies in Medieval Culture LI
ISBN 978-1-58044-175-9 (hardback), 978-1-58044-176-6 (paperback) © 2013
Edited by Jana K. Schulman and Paul E. Szarmach
This volume is a collection of essays designed to capitalize on the success of Seamus Heaney's prize-winning translation of "Beowulf," which bridges the gap between the ivory tower where most who study "Beowulf" reside and lay readers drawn to the poem because of Heaney's reputation, the review in the "New York Times Book Review," the Whitbread Prize for poetry and even perhaps the attractive and eye-catching cover.
Studies in Medieval Culture L
ISBN 978-1-58044-152-0 (hardback), 978-1-58044-153-7 (paperback) © 2012
Edited by Dimiter G. Angelov
The essays in this collection seek to shed light on various aspects of the church's role in late Byzantine society, especially on the relationship between the church and the lay world and the response of individuals to the challenges faced by Orthodoxy.
Studies in Medieval Culture XLIX
ISBN 978-1-58044-142-1 (hardback), 978-1-58044-143-8 (paperback) © 2009
Edited by S. Elizabeth Passmore and Susan Carter
This volume concentrates on the medieval English Loathly Lady tales, written a little later than the Irish tales, and developing the motif as a vehicle for social ideology.
Studies in Medieval Culture XLVIII
ISBN 978-1-58044-123-0 (hardback), 978-1-58044-124-7 (paperback) © 2007
Edited by Edwin D. Craun
Together the essays present a clear picture of what we know about deviant speech in medieval culture, a picture that has begun to achieve the depth and richness of scholarship on slander in the early modern period, exploring what speech acts can tell us about gender, crime and punishment, agency, ethics and literary craftsmanship.
Studies in Medieval Culture XLVII
ISBN 978-1-58044-114-8 (hardback), 978-1-58044-115-5 (paperback) © 2007
Edited by R.F. Yeager
The topics addressed in these ten essays also provide grounds of another kind to assess the foci of contemporary Gower studies. As well as place, the political element in Gower's writings has been subject to fruitful recent scrutiny; and again, there are important linkages and overlaps among these essays on such matter too.
Studies in Medieval Culture XLVI
ISBN 978-1-58044-098-1 (hardback), 978-1-58044-099-8 (paperback) © 2007
Edited by Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr., and Philip Edward Phillips
As a scholar, senator and consul, whose life was centered in Rome and later in Ravenna, Boethius belonged to two worlds—the world of pagan antiquity and the world of the Christian Middle Ages—and his life and work embody and embrace the spirit of both.
Studies in Medieval Culture XLV
ISBN 978-1-58044-100-1 (hardback), 978-1-58044-101-8 (paperback) © 2007
Edited by Dave Postles and Joel T. Rosenthal
This volume contains collected papers on medieval England’s "names and naming patterns—mostly forenames or Christian names, but with some attention to family names."
Studies in Medieval Culture XLIV
ISBN 978-1-58044-025-8 (hardback), 978-1-58044-026-6 (paperback) © 2006
Edited by George T. Beech, Monique Bourin and Pascal Chareille
This collection of essays is the first published in North America that seeks to describe the methodology and some results of a scholarly enterprise that is hailed in the preface to the volume as "one of the most vibrant, innovative, and productive movements in medieval scholarship at the present time."
Studies in Medieval Culture XLIII
ISBN 1-58044-063-0 (hardback), 1-58044-064-9 (paperback) © 2002
Edited by Timothy S. Jones and David A. Sprunger
This collection of essays examines the perceptions of the marvelous and monstrous by the people of medieval and early modern Europe.
Studies in Medieval Culture XLII
ISBN 1-58044-065-7 (hardback), 1-58044-066-5 (paperback) © 2002
Edited by David Raybin and Linda Tarte Holley
This collection of nine essays, plus an extensive bibliography, seeks to reexamine The Parson's Tale and its place in "The Canterbury Tales," especially since so many readers and critics who love Chaucer have found it difficult to love the Parson and what he has to say.
Studies in Medieval Culture XLI
ISBN 1-58044-011-8 (hardback), 1-58044-012-6 (paperback) © 2000
The Preservation and Transmission of Anglo-Saxon Culture: Selected Papers from the 1991 Meeting of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists
Edited by Paul E. Szarmach and Joel T. Rosenthal
This collection represents most of the papers delivered on the conference theme of the Fifth Meeting (1991) of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, which was the first ISAS meeting in the United States.
Studies in Medieval Culture XL
ISBN 1-879288-90-7 (hardback), 1-879288-91-5 (paperback) © 1997
Edited by Nancy Van Deusen
A university exists to make known what can only be revealed by consistent, dedicated effort. Ultimately, a university exists in order to understand the things that are hidden from ordinary, casual view. This is a message that is subtly reinforced by all of the articles in this volume.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXXIX
ISBN 1-879288-83-4 (hardback), 1-879288-84-2 (paperback) © 1997
Edited by Jeanette Beer
This volume is a collection of essays derived from a symposium conducted as part of the Twenty-Eighth International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, May 6-9,1993).
Studies in Medieval Culture XXXVIII
ISBN 1-879288-81-8 (hardback) © 1997
Edited by Constance M. Rousseau and Joel T. Rosenthal
These essays consider three thematic categories that were dominant in most of Sheehan’s own scholarly work. These are the role, position and contributions of medieval women; the development of Christian marriage, especially in the High Middle Ages; and the secular family with its legal and emotional relationships.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXXVII
ISBN 1-879288-65-6 (hardback), 1-879288-66-4 (paperback) © 1998
The Salt of Common Life: Individuality and Choice in the Medieval Town, Countryside, and Church: Essays Presented to J. Ambrose Raftis
Edited by Edwin Brezette DeWindt
Throughout the career of Ambrose Raftis two themes or convictions have been in evidence: a belief in the fundamental individuality of medieval English men and women and a belief in their ability to make choices.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXXVI
ISBN 1-879288-46-X (hardback), ISBN 1-879288-47-8 (paperback) © 1995
Edited by Jeanette Beer and Kenneth Lloyd-Jones
"Translation and the Transmission of Culture between 1300 and 1600" is a companion volume to "Medieval Translators and Their Craft" (Medieval Institute Publications, 1989) and, like "Medieval Translators," its aim is to provide the modern reader with a deeper understanding of the early centuries of translation in France.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXXV
ISBN 1-879288-55-9 (hardback), 1-879288-56-7 (paperback) © 1995
The "Other Tuscany": Essays in the History of Lucca, Pisa, and Siena during the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Centuries
Edited by Thomas W. Blomquist and Maureen F. Mazzaoui
The papers in this volume are designed to offer non-Italian scholars a representative sample of current European research and a summary of recent debates regarding the historical evolution of those republics that posed the most formidable obstacles to the extension of Florentine hegemony.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXXIV
ISBN 1-879288-41-9 (hardback), 1-879288-42-7 (paperback) © 1994
Edited by Robert A. Taylor, James F. Burke, Patricia J. Eberle, Ian Lancashire and Brian S. Merrilees
All medievalists in North America, and many beyond, owe a great debt to John Leyerle. As teacher, scholar and administrator, John has been a leader in the rise and renewal of medieval studies on this continent in the past thirty years.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXXIII
ISBN 1-879288-29-X (hardback), 1-879288-30-3 (paperback) © 1993
Edited by Helen Damico and John Leyerle
The essays, plus two poems and a bibliography, are gathered to honor Jess B. Bessinger, Jr., whose innovative studies of heroic poetry have instructed a generation of scholars and whose performances of Anglo-Saxon poems are legendary.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXXII
ISBN 1-879288-28-1 (paperback) © 1993
Edited by Charlotte C. Morse, Penelope R. Doob and Marjorie C. Woods
Judson Boyce Allen loved his work and encouraged other scholars by his enthusiasm for theirs. He had an unusually wide range of interests, from the specialized study of manuscripts through the interpretation of particular literary texts to the broadest issues of literary theory.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXXI
ISBN 1-879288-13-3 (hardback), 1-879288-14-1 (paperback) © 1992
Edited by Barbara N. Sargent-Baur
The essays explore the interconnectedness of pilgrimage and crusade, and the central role of these enterprises for the history of European society and thought.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXX
ISBN 1-879288-03-6 (hardback), 1-879288-04-4 (paperback) © 1992
Edited by Susanna Greer Fein, David Raybin and Peter C. Braeger; Foreword by Derek Pearsall
Established scholars will enjoy the versatility and incisiveness of much of the reading in these essays, even though they may be heard muttering stifled oaths from time to time. New readers will relish the combativeness and assurance, the readiness to try out new ideas.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXIX
ISBN 0-918720-41-9 (hardback), 0-918720-42-7 (paperback) © 1991
Edited, with an appreciation, by Bernard S. Bachrach and David Nicholas
The breadth of articles contained in this volume reflects the breadth of Bryce Lyon’s scholarly interests. Topics include marriage rules as they relate to women and incest, Bernard of Clairvaux, Henry I and executions in late medieval Paris. This collection honors Bryce Lyon and his considerable impact on medieval studies as a whole.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXVIII
ISBN 0-918720-30-3 (hardback), 0-918720-31-1 (paperback) © 1990
Edited by Thomas L. Amos, Eugene A. Green and Beverly Mayne Kienzle
The studies in this volume illustrate new methods and concerns in the field of sermon studies, and, collectively, they point to a central problem in the historiography of sermons and preaching. The collection offers insights into modern approaches to studying medieval sermons and will be of interest to scholars of medieval religion, preaching, and culture.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXVII
ISBN 0-918720-28-1 (hardback), 0-918720-27-3 (paperback) © 1989
Edited by R. F. Yeager
Essays in this volume, unpublished elsewhere, and re-written exclusively for this collection, represent a fresh approach to the study of the works of John Gower.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXVI
ISBN 0-918720-99-0 (hardback), 0-918720-26-5 (paperback) © 1989
Edited by Jeanette Beer
Contributors to this collection treat the methods and reception of translators of vernacular to Latin and vernacular to vernacular, texts of a variety of genres, and many different languages and periods. The collection will present a welcome offering of different scholarly approaches to the critical issue of medieval translators and their craft.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXV
ISBN 0-918720-95-8 (hardback), 0-918720-96-6 (paperback) © 1989
Edited by Hans-Erich Keller
The collection of essays in "Romance Epic" expertly examines the Romance epic as a genre, delving into its ever-changing period, audience and region. The essays span across a wide range of topics, from questions about the genre itself to issues specific to certain works such as the Chanson de Roland and the El Cantar de Mio Cid.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXIV
ISBN 0-918720-85-0 (hardback), 0-918720-86-9 (paperback) © 1987
Edited by Thomas F.X. Noble and John J. Contreni
Essays in this volume explore wide-ranging topics: from Constantinople, cloistered women, popes and holy images, kingship, pastoral care and pilgrimages to the works or lives of Sidonius Apollinaris, Gregory of Tours, John Damascene and Anselm of Havelberg.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXIII
ISBN 0-918720-84-2 (paperback) © 1987
Edited by Harold J. Johnson
This anthology aims to “add flesh to the bones and the supplements, reservations, and alternatives for a deeper understanding” of the tradition of natural law throughout the medieval period. It runs contrary to the opinion so commonly held since the Renaissance, that any tradition deemed “medieval” has little or even nothing to offer to contemporary needs and interests.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXII
ISBN 0-918720-81-8 (hardback) © 1987
Edited by Ernst Breisach
This volume stands as a selection of works presented at the thirteenth International Congress on Medieval Studies. These presentations helped to “fortify the strength of interest and inquiry directed toward rhetoric’s symbiosis with historiography in centuries past” (from the introduction).
Studies in Medieval Culture XIX
ISBN 0-918720-56-7 (hardback), 0-918720-57-5 (paperback) © 1985
Edited by Kathleen Biddick
This volume celebrates the coming of age of historical archaeology, of which medieval archaeology is a subdiscipline. The volume is an indispensable offering for archaeologists and historians of the Middle Ages seeking an appraisal of the state of the young discipline of medieval archaeology.
Studies in Medieval Culture XVIII
ISBN 0-918720-53-2 (hardback), 0-918720-52-4 (paperback) © 1984
Edited by Lois Ebin
This volume deals with the attitudes and assumptions about vernacular poetry from the eleventh to the fifteenth century. The essays consider not only the formal poetics but, more importantly, the self-conscious examination of poetry which is increasingly evident in the poems themselves in this period as writers turn from Latin to the imperfect, mutable language of the vernacular.
Studies in Medieval Culture XVI
ISBN 0-918720-22-2 (hardback), 0-918720-19-2 (paperback) © 1984
Edited by John F. Plummer
It is the artistic use of the female voice (as role, "persona," or rhetorical stance) in particular lyrical traditions or by particular poets, that is of interest here. Woman’s songs are found in all parts and periods of medieval Europe; the study of medieval woman’s song is primarily the study of the image of a voice. This is not an attempt to completely cover the field but to offer an introduction and guide to those who are not familiar with woman’s song, and a stimulation to those who are.
Studies in Medieval Culture XV
ISBN 0-918720-12-5 (paperback) © 1981
forthcoming in this series
By Arthur J. DiFuria and Ian Verstegen
The essays in Space, Image and Reform in Early Modern Art build on Marcia Hall's seminal contributions in several categories crucial for Renaissance studies, especially the spatiality of the church interior, the altarpiece's facture and affectivity, the notion of artistic style, and the controversy over images in the era of Counter Reform. Accruing the advantage of critical engagement with a single paradigm, this volume better assesses its applicability and range. The book works cumulatively to provide blocks of theoretical and empirical research on issues spanning the function and role of images in their contexts over two centuries. Relating Hall's investigations of Renaissance art to new fields, Space, Image and Reform expands the ideas at the center of her work further back in time, further afield, and deeper into familiar topics, thus achieving a cohesion not usually seen in edited volumes honoring a single scholar.
Chivalry: Medieval Ambiguities to Modern Applications
Edited by Jon-Mark Grussenmeyer and Geoffrey W. Gust
Chivalry is a concept that was crucial to medieval culture and continues to fuel modern scholarly debate. Academic analyses of chivalry as an idea and an ethos are strikingly disparate, which reflects the fact that the expectations and the realities of knightly behavior themselves were highly varied. In turn, medieval source materials ranging from literature to historiography to theological commentaries provide a complex view of how contemporaries perceived chivalric culture. Today, countless films, books, and university course syllabi alike testify to the enduring appeal of chivalry in the popular imagination. However, those who study the topic at any level must break through the romanticisms, anachronisms, and political biases that surround the history of chivalry to come to a more complete, nuanced understanding of the idea’s status within medieval culture and politics. Through a collection of essays that spans the disciplinary spectrum, this volume examines the idea of chivalry in theory and in practice, within both original medieval contexts and modern portrayals. From medieval law and literature to current university pedagogy and socio-political controversy, the volume’s authors offer a multifaceted perspective that will help to shed new light on the meaning and implications of chivalry.
Transgression, Exclusion, and Persecution in the Middle Ages
Edited by Delfi I. Nieto-Isabel and Laura Miquel Milian
This volume addresses the widespread medieval phenomenon of transgression as both a result of and the cause for the exclusion and persecution of those who were considered different. It is widely accepted that the essence of a manuscript cannot be fully grasped without studying its marginalia. Glosses sit on the margins of the text and clarify it, adding a whole new dimension to it and becoming an inextricable part of its content. Similarly, no society can be fully understood without knowledge of what lies on its margins, for the outliers of any given culture provide us with just as much information as its alleged foundational principles. In a time when the Western world ponders building walls up against perceived threats and frightening differences, this multidisciplinary collection of essays based on original and innovative pieces of research shows that it was mostly through tearing down walls that we learned our way forward.
Practical Approaches to Teaching Beowulf
Edited by Aaron Hostetter and Larry Swain
Beowulf is by far the most popular text of the medieval world taught in American classrooms, at both the high school and undergraduate levels. More students than ever before wrestle with Grendel in the darkness of Heorot or venture into the dragon’s barrow for gold and glory. This increase of attention and interest in the Old English epic has led to a myriad of new and varying translations of the poem published every year, the production of several mainstream film and television adaptations, and many graphic novel versions. More and more teachers in all sorts of classrooms, with varying degrees of familiarity and training are called upon to bring this ancient poem before their students. This practical guide to teaching Beowulf in the twenty-first century combines scholarly research with pedagogical technique, imparting a picture of how the poem can be taught in contemporary American institutions.