Book Series Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy, vol. 12

Orality and Literacy in the Middle Ages

Essays on a Conjunction and its Consequences in Honour of D. H. Green

Mark Chinca , Christopher Young (eds)

  • Pages: 259 p.
  • Size:160 x 240 mm
  • Illustrations:19 b/w
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2005

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Summary

“The most important part of the title of this book is the word ‘and’.” These words form the memorable conclusion to D.H. Green’s study Medieval Listening and Reading; they encapsulate how, in the Middle Ages, orality and literacy are not to be considered as two separate and largely unrelated cultures or modes of textual transmission, but as elements in a mutual interplay and interpenetration. In this volume, scholars from Britain, Germany and North America follow Green’s insistence on the conjunction of medieval orality and literacy, and show how this approach can open up new areas for investigation as well as help to reformulate old problems. The languages and literatures covered include English, Latin, French, Occitan and German, and the essays span the whole of the period from the early Middle Ages through to the fifteenth century.