The Book and the Magic of Reading in the Middle Ages

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Albrecht Classen
Taylor & Francis, 1998 - 308 páginas
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The computer revolution is upon us. The future of books and of reading are debated. Will there be books in the next millennium? Will we still be reading? As uncertain as the answers to these questions might be, as clear is the message about the value of the book expressed by medieval writers. The contributors to the volume The Book and the Magic of Reading in the Middle Ages explore the significance of the written document as the key icon of a whole era. Both philosophers and artists, both poets and clerics wholeheartedly subscribed to the notion that reading and writing represented essential epistemological tools for spiritual, political, religious, and philosophical quests. To gain a deeper understanding of the cultural significance of the medieval book, the contributors to this volume examine pertinent statements by medieval philosophers and French, German, English, Spanish, and Italian poets.
 

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Bonaventure
3
Virgils Hero Reborn
21
Frame and Story
35
The Book and the Power of Reading in Medieval
61
Book Metaphors in the Textual Community
99
Authorship
123
The Rhetoric of Knowledge
149
Story Picture and Reading in Wynkyn de Wordes Vitas Patrum
219
Reading the Virgin Reader
253
St Mary as an Ideal Reader
277
Select Bibliography
295
The Authors
299
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Originating from Germany, Albrecht Classen is a medievalist in the Department of German Studies at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He has published more than 40 scholarly monographs, editions, anthology, translations, and textbooks, and close to 400 scholarly articles. He is the editor of "Tristania" and co-editor of "Mediaevistik," Currently Classen is preparing a new volume on "Words of Love and Love of Words in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance," and he is editing a three-volume "Handbook of Medieval Studies" for de Gruyter. In 2004 he received the rank of University Distinguished Professor, and was also awarded the "Bundesverdienstkreuz am Band" (Order of Merit), the highest award given to a civilian by the government of the Federal Republic of Germany, in recognition of his contributions to the teaching and support of German culture, language, and literature.

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