The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Latin Literature

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Oxford University Press, Jan 23, 2012 - History - 636 pages
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The twenty-eight essays in this Handbook represent the best of current thinking in the study of Latin language and literature in the Middle Ages. The insights offered by the collective of authors not only illuminate the field of medieval Latin literature but shed new light on broader questions of literary history, cultural interaction, world literature, and language in history and society. The contributors to this volume--a collection of both senior scholars and gifted young thinkers--vividly illustrate the field's complexities on a wide range of topics through carefully chosen examples and challenges to settled answers of the past. At the same time, they suggest future possibilities for the necessarily provisional and open-ended work essential to the pursuit of medieval Latin studies. While advanced specialists will find much here to engage and at times to provoke them, this handbook successfully orients non-specialists and students to this thriving field of study. The overall approach of The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Latin Literature makes this volume an essential resource for students of the ancient world interested in the prolonged after-life of the classical period's cultural complexes, for medieval historians, for scholars of other medieval literary traditions, and for all those interested in delving more deeply into the fascinating more-than-millennium that forms the bridge between the ancient Mediterranean world and what we consider modernity.
  

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Contents

PART II LATINITY AS CULTURAL CAPITAL
45
PART III MANUSCRIPT CULTURE AND THE MATERIALITY OF LATIN TEXTS
149
PART IV STYLES AND GENRE
215
PART V SYSTEMS OF KNOWLEDGE
305
PART VI MEDIEVAL LATIN AND THE FASHIONING OF THE SELF
401
PART VII PERIODIZATIONS
507
Chronology of Medieval Authors
615
Index of Personal Names and Titles
625
Index of Selected Topics and Places
633
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Ralph J. Hexter is Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at the University of California, Davis. He is also Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature.

David Townsend is Professor of Medieval Studies and English at the University of Toronto.

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