The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Latin Literature

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Oxford University Press, Jan 20, 2012 - Literary Collections - 672 pages
The twenty-eight essays in this handbook represent the best current thinking in the study of Latin language and literature in the Middle Ages. Contributing authors--both senior scholars and gifted younger thinkers among them--not only illuminate the field as traditionally defined but also offer fresh insights into broader questions of literary history, cultural interaction, world literature, and language in history and society. Their studies vividly illustrate the field's complexities on a wide range of topics, including canonicity, literary styles and genres, and the materiality of manuscript culture. At the same time, they suggest future possibilities for the necessarily provisional and open-ended work essential to the pursuit of medieval Latin studies. 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-long passage 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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