Skip Navigation Links

Forms of Individuality and Literacy in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods

F.-J. Arlinghaus (ed.)
Add to basket ->
VIII+317 p., 2 b/w ill. + 13 colour ill., 156 x 234 mm, 2015
ISBN: 978-2-503-55220-0
Languages: English
HardbackHardback
The publication is available.The publication is available.
Retail price: EUR 90,00 excl. tax
How to order?
Online content: http://www.brepolsonline.net/action/showBook?doi=10.1484%2FM.USML-EB.5.109559
Through case studies of a broad variety of medieval and early modern sources, this volume discusses whether the roots of modern notions of individuality can be found in pre-modern Europe.

‘Individuality’ is one of the central categories of modern society. Can the roots of modern individuality be found in pre-modern times? Or is our way of thinking about ourselves a very recent phenomenon? This book takes a theoretical approach to the problem, derived from Niklas Luhmann’s system theory, in which different forms of individuality are linked to different structures of society in modern and pre-modern times.

The papers in this volume approach this problem by discussing a broad variety of medieval and early modern sources, including charters and seals, letters, and naming-practices in a late medieval town. Self-representation is also considered, in ‘housebooks’ and drawings. Textual studies include autobiography in German Humanism, and concepts of individuality and gender in late medieval literary texts.

Table of Contents

Preface—FRANZ-JOSEF ARLINGHAUS

Conceptualising Pre-Modern and Modern Individuality: Some Theoretical Considerations—FRANZ-JOSEF ARLINGHAUS

Bodily Practices as an Expression of ‘Individuality’ in the Letters of Liselotte von der Pfalz (1652-1722—MAREIKE BÖTH

Loci of Medieval Individuality: A Methodological Inquiry—BRIGITTE M. BEDOS-REZAK

Hetero-Reference and Heterology: Autobiographical Writing, Individuality, and Gender on the Threshold of the Modern Period—EVA KORMANN

Expressing Your Self in Later Medieval England: Individuality and Social Differentiation—DAVID GARY SHAW

‘Individuality’, Relationships, Words about Onesself: Autobiographical Writing as a Resource (Fifteenth-Sixteenth Centuries) –Konrad Pellikan’s Autobiography—GABRIELE JANCKE

Individuality and Narration: The Cases of Ulrich von Liechtenstein, Helene Kottanerin, and Johannes Tichtel—MATTHIAS MEYER

Kinship as Catalyst of Individuation in Sixteenth-Century German House Books: A Reconsideration of Niklas Luhmann’s Approach to Pre-Modern Individuality—GREGOR ROHMANN

Me, Myself, and My Name: Naming and Identity in the Late Middle Ages—CHRISTOF ROLKER

Body and Time: The Representation of the Naked and Clothed Self in Religious, Social, and Cosmological Orders (Matthäus Schwarz, -)—HEIKE SCHLIE

Dialogue Situations: Considerations on Self-Identification in the Middle Ages—SABINE SCHMOLINSKY

Review

« permet de faire considérablement progresser la réflexion et ouvre la voie vers de nouvelles perspectives » (Harmony  Dewez, dans Annales, Histoire, Sciences Sociales, 70/2, 2016, p. 491)

“Insgesamt werden ältere Thesen zum Individuum in der Vormoderne ebenso diskutiert wie neue Fragen aufgeworfen und beantwortet werden. Die Beiträge zeigen, an welchen Stellen die in der Systemtheorie verbreitete starre Aufsicht auf vormoderne Gesellschaften mit ihren eigenen Mitteln überwunden werden kann und welchen Nutzen dies für die historisch arbeitenden Disziplinen hat.” (Katharina Ulrike Mersch, in Historische Zeitschrift, 304, 2017, Seite 433)

Interest Classification:
Medieval & Modern (Indo-European) Languages & Literatures
Comparative & cultural studies through literature
Cultural studies (general & theoretical)
Literacy
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history
Modern History (1501 to the present)
Early modern history (1501-1800) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history

This publication is also distributed by: ISD, Marston
Privacy Policy - Terms and Conditions © 2017 Brepols Publishers NV/SA - All Rights Reserved