Medievalism and the modernist temper: edited by R. Howard Bloch and Stephen G. Nichols

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Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 496 pages
"While modernists are currently so mired in the question of who did what to whom during World War II that they have lost a sense of intellectual urgency, the study of medieval literature and culture has never been more alive or at a more interestingly innovative stage." -- from the Introduction Medievalism and the Modernist Temper brings major and outstanding younger medievalists into confrontation with the notion of medievalism itself in order to chart the directions the field has taken in the past and may take in the future. The collection not only explores modern conceptions of cultural patterns in the Middle Ages but also makes a significant contribution to the wider field of sociology of knowledge in the humanities. In its largest sense, it is a study of the institution of modern scholarship, using medieval literature as a focus. Contributors are R. Howard Bloch, Alain Boureau, E. Jane Burns, Michael Camille, Alain Corbellari, John M. Ganim, John M. Graham, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Suzanne Fleischman, David Hult, Carl Landauer, Seth Lerer, Stephen G. Nichols, Per Nykrog, and Jeffrey M. Peck."This highly original, polemical and paradigm-shifting book challenges academics to look more closely at the ideological foundations of the very disciplines we practice. Perhaps its most extraordinary contribution to literary studies as a whole (and it emerges with luminous clarity from the editors' Introduction) is to offer a new, historicized means of reviving what was once known as 'source studies.'" -- Jody Enders, University of California, Santa Barbara

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Contents

Introduction
1
Founders of the Discipline
21
Modernism and the Politics of Medieval Studies
25
Copyright

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R. Howard Bloch is chair of the Department of French and Romance Philology at Columbia University. His books include Medieval French Literature and Law, Etymologies and Genealogies, and The Scandal of the Fabliaux. Stephen G. Nichols is James M. Beal Professor of French at the Johns Hopkins University. His books include The New Medievalism, edited with Marina S. Brownlee and Kevin Brownlee, which is also available from Johns Hopkins.

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