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Words in the Middle Ages / Les Mots au Moyen Âge

V. Turner, V. Debiais (eds.)
approx. 325 p., 80 b/w ill., 2 b/w tables, 156 x 234 mm, 2020
ISBN: 978-2-503-58795-0
Languages: English, French
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A return to words of the Middle Ages in and of themselves, tracing the status of the medieval word from ontology to usage, encompassing its visual, acoustic, linguistic, and extralinguistic forms.

This collection of essays is a return to words of the Middle Ages in and of themselves, uniting philologists, historians, epigraphers, palaeographers, and art historians. It probes the intellectual, technical, and aesthetic principles that underpin their use and social function in medieval graphical practices, from epigraphy and inscriptions, to poetics, ‘mots’, and ‘paroles’. By analysing the material and symbolic properties of a particular medium, the conditions in which texts become signs, and scribal expertise, the contributors address questions that initially seem simple yet which define the very foundations of medieval written culture. What is a word? What are its components? How does it appear in a given medium? What is the relationship between word and text, word and letter, word and medium, word and reader? In a Middle Ages forever torn between economic and extravagant language, this volume traces the status of the medieval word from ontology to usage, encompassing its visual, acoustic, linguistic, and extralinguistic forms.

Vincent Debiais is full researcher at the Centre de recherches historiques (EHESS, Paris)
Victoria Turner is Lecturer in French at the University of St Andrews.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Victoria Turner (Université de St Andrews) et Vincent Debiais (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris)

Words with Masks: A Note on the Nomenclature of Some Late Medieval Initials - Adrian Papahagi, University of Cluj

Words as graphic and linguistic structures: word spacing in psalm 101 Domine exaudi orationem meam (11TH-15TH c.) - Dominique Stutzmann (Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes – CNRS)

Managing a Living Book. The Planning and the Use of Page Surface in Parish Obituaries in the Late Medieval Diocese of Strasbourg - Anne Rauner (EA3400 ARCHE - Université de Strasbourg, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)

Correction of Liturgical Words, and Words of Liturgical Correctio in the Ordines Romani of Saint Amand - Arthur Westwell

Aligning Word and Deed: The Emergence of Confessor as a Priest Who Hears Confession - Jennifer M. Feltman

Kisses on Stitches: Words of Active Fetishisation of Clothbodies in Old French Romance - Morgan Boharski (University of Edinburgh)

Quacktrap: Glosses and Multilingual Animal Contact in the Tretiz by Walter of Bibbesworth - Liam Lewis, University of Warwick

Un règne sans roi. Le non-dit du temps dans quelques inscriptions de la Gaule alto-médiévale - Morgane Uberti, Madrid, Casa de Velázquez

Nommer, couper, incorporer : quand le nom rencontre le corps de l’image - Estelle Ingrand-Varenne (Centre d’études supérieures de civilisation médiévale-CNRS)

Mirror writing in devotional texts and images - Katja Airaksinen-Monier

Épigraphie et création artistique à l’époque romane : le paysage monumental du Haut-Aragon autour de 1100 - Francisco de Asís García García (Instituto de Estudios Medievales, Universidad de León)

Between Written and Spoken Words: The Use and Function of Inscriptions on Medieval Baptismal Fonts - Jörg Widmaier

Interest Classification:
Book History, Manuscript Studies & Palaeography
Objects of writing & related topics
Inscriptions (epigraphy)
Medieval & Modern (Indo-European) Languages & Literatures
Comparative & cultural studies through literature
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)

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