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Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature : Medieval Reading: Grammar, Rhetoric and the Classical Text Series Number 27 - Suzanne Reynolds

Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature

Medieval Reading: Grammar, Rhetoric and the Classical Text Series Number 27

Paperback Published: 29th July 2004
ISBN: 9780521604529
Number Of Pages: 256

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This book argues for a radically new approach to the history of reading and literacy in the Middle Ages. It investigates the use of complex literary texts as the basis of elementary instruction in the Latin language and, using medieval teachers' notes (glosses) on a classical text (Horace's Satires) and a selection of other unpublished manuscript materials, it demonstrates that the reading of classical literature was profoundly shaped by the demands of acquiring Latin literacy through the arts of grammar and rhetoric. The resolutely literal readings of Latin texts found in these educational and institutional contexts call for a reassessment of the relationship of Latin and vernacular discourses in medieval culture, and of some central notions in medieval hermeneutics, notably allegory and authorial intention.

' ... a thought-provoking and erudite work to be warmly welcomed and thoroughly recommended'. The Review of English Studies 'This is an original, stimulating book which will be useful to all scholars working on reading and literacy in the Middle Ages.' Peritia

Contents for reading
Learning to read: the classics and the curriculum
Reading and the trivium arts
Reading Practice
Origins and mythologies: the invention of language and meaning
Reading word by word (1): the role of the vernacular
Reading word by word (2): grammatical and rhetorical approaches
From words to the phrase: the problem of syntax
Government: the theory and practice of a grammatical concept
Rival orders of syntax: vernacular, natural and artificial
From the phrase to the text: grammatical and rhetorical approaches again
Naked intention: satire and a new kind of literal reading
Literacy: a new model for the classical text in the middle ages?
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ISBN: 9780521604529
ISBN-10: 0521604524
Series: Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 29th July 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.38