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Medieval Literary Theory and Criticism c.1100-c.1375 : The Commentary-Tradition - A. J. Minnis

Medieval Literary Theory and Criticism c.1100-c.1375

The Commentary-Tradition

By: A. J. Minnis (Editor), A. B. Scott (Editor)

Paperback Published: 5th September 1991
ISBN: 9780198112747
Number Of Pages: 556

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This anthology of texts in translation, here presented in a fully revised and updated form, covers the single most important branch of medieval literary theory and criticism, the commentary tradition, in one of the most significant periods of its development. The majority of the texts are here translated for the first time; most of the translations have been prepared specially for this edition. They offer discussion of such topics as fiction and fable (in classical poetry and in the Bible); the ethical effects and purpose of literature; authorship and authority; the function of biography in literary interpretation; stylistic and didactic modes of writing; literary form and structure; allegory and literal-historical sense; symbolism; imagination and imagery; the semiotics of words and things, the moralization of classical texts; the status of poetry within the hierarchy of the human arts and sciences; and the prestige and purpose of vernacular literature. The selections are fully annotated and provided with introductions which form a linked series of essays towards the history of medieval literary theory and criticism.

Industry Reviews

`Superbly executed, this is an extremely impressive and important book for medievalists, literary critics, theorists and cultural historians alike. It will be a standard work for a long time.' Times Higher Education Supplement `To enlighten us on the nature and strengths of medieval literary theory as well as its limitations in such a solidly scholarly, richly detailed and comprehensive, lucidly exposed, and highly readable fashion is an admirable achievement.' Anglia `this crucially necessary task has been magnificently performed by the editors ... it would be hard to exaggerate the importance of this book and the excellence of its execution. It is a major landmark in the understanding and availability of medieval criticism.' Bernard O'Donoghue, Prose Studies `impressive and highly useful volume ... Supplemented with other souces from the medieval arts of discourse, this volume can supply an excellent starting point for a study of the primary sources of medieval literary theory. The editors have our thanks for producing a volume that makes a wide range of difficult sources accessible to scholars and students.' Speculum - A Journal of Medieval Studies `The volume is divided into ten sections, each preceded by a useful and illuminating introduction. The translations, most of which are either new or carefully revised, are excellent and render even technical Latin into clear English ... this volume meets a special need in medieval studies, and medieval philosophy in particular.' The Review of Metaphysics, June 1992

ISBN: 9780198112747
ISBN-10: 0198112742
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 556
Published: 5th September 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.64 x 13.84  x 3.43
Weight (kg): 0.74
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Annotated