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Negotiating Heritage
Memories of the Middle Ages

M. B. Bruun, S. Glaser (eds.)
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XII+396 p., 42 b/w ill. + 5 colour ill., 4 b/w tables, 160 x 240 mm, 2008
ISBN: 978-2-503-52794-9
Languages: English, Latin, German
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Online content: http://dx.doi.org/10.1484/M.RITUS-EB.6.09070802050003050207090409
An important new study of the issue of memory in the medieval period and beyond.

A key impulse of cultural transmission is engaging with the past for the benefit of the present. In seventeen essays on subjects that range from Paschasius Radbertus to Orhan Pamuk, the Regularis Concordia to Kurt Weill, and from Augustine to Adorno, Negotiating Heritage examines specific historical case-studies that reveal the appropriation, modification, or repudiation of a legacy.

The overall focus of this interdisciplinary volume is memory: medieval conceptions of memory, resonances of the Middle Ages in later periods, and memory as a heuristic methodological device. Through tokens or other vestiges of the past – the physical memorial of a tomb, the ritualized retention of past acts or structures, the reverberations of a doctrinal, literary, musical, or iconographic topos, or the symbolic reminiscences of a past ideal – memory acts as the manifestation of something absent. This anthology studies such tokens in a way that provides a fruitful new perspective for the field of research into memory, and explores the methodological dimension of issues of heritage, genealogy, and tradition. Furthermore, Negotiating Heritage also probes the reception and construction of the Middle Ages in later periods, exploring the shifting territory of the meaning of the medieval itself. In its movement between medievalism and the medieval period, Negotiating Heritage is an important and scholarly contribution to both established and emerging trends in critical thought.

 

Table of Contents

Introduction: Mette B. Bruun and Stephanie A. Glaser

Authority and Heritage

Introduction

The Wilderness as ‘lieu de mémoire’: Literary Deserts of Cîteaux and La Trappe: Mette B. Bruun

Medieval ‘Virtuosity’: Classroom Practice and the Transfer of Charismatic Power in Medieval Scholarly Culture c. 1000–1230: Mia Münster Swendsen

Lachrymose Eloquence: Hebrew Heritage and Roman Rhetoric in Gilbert the Universal’s Gloss on Lamentations: Alexander Andrée

From Reference to Deferment: Ekphrasis, Authority, and Fiction in Chrétien de Troyes: Jørgen Bruhn

Fame, Memory, and Literary Legacy: Jorge Manrique and the ‘Coplas por la muerte de su padre’: Kirstin Kennedy

 

Ritual Commemoration

Introduction

Founding a Memory: The Legitimation of ‘Memoria’ Foundations in Flanders c. 1100–1350 (Lille, SaintOmer, and Bruges): Stijn Bossuyt

Eternal Town Servants: Civic Elections and the Stuppeny Tombs of New Romney and Lydd: Sheila Sweetinburgh

Ritualizing Heritage: Jason and the Argonauts at the Burgundian Feast of the Pheasant (1454): Arjo Vanderjagt

The Ceremonial in the Estates General of France: Martin Gosman

 

Memory and Oblivion

Introduction

Bernard of Clairvaux’s School of Oblivion: Wim Verbaal

Devotion and the Present: Memory and Oblivion: M. B. Pranger

 

Artistic Negotiations with the Medieval Heritage

Introduction

Spolia as Architectural Memory: A Ritualized Integration of the Past into the Present: Jens Fleischer

Ambiguity and the Fullness of Time: The Sacred and the Profane in Caravaggio’s Paintings: Svein Aage Christoffersen

Emil Nolde’s ‘The Last Supper’: An Interpretation in Light of the History of Iconography: Ettore Rocca

‘The Lord enlighten our children that they may know the Way that leads to Prosperity’: The Seven Deadly Sins, AD 1933: Magnar Breivik

Truth and Representation: The Medieval Good Friday Reproaches and Modern Music: NILS Holger Petersen

Transnational Medieval Utopias: Ananya Jahanara Kabir

 

Review

"Grâce à une interdisciplinaritéde bon aloi, il permet de tisser des ponts entre des domaines de recherchesdifférents qui, une fois rapprochés, révèlent d’étonnantes similitudes, sources, à n’en pas douter, de réflexions fécondes."    (Jonathan Dumont, dans Le Moyen Âge 115, 2009, p. 649)

"Ce luxueux volume de 396 pages offre au lecteur une impressionnante présentation interdisciplinaire de textes religieux et culturels du Moyen Âge et d'études ultérieures qui évoquent les caractéristiques de l'héritage culturel de l'Occident." (P. Lebeau, dans: Nouvelle revue théologique, 132/4, 2010, p. 659)

Interest Classification:
Medieval & Modern (Indo-European) Languages & Literatures
Comparative & cultural studies through literature
Cultural studies (general & theoretical)
Medievalism
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history

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