Cultures of Communication: Theologies of Media in Early Modern Europe and Beyond

Edited by Helmut Puff, Ulrike Strasser, and Christopher Wild

© 2017

Contrary to the historiographical commonplace “no Reformation without print” Cultures of Communication examines media in the early modern world through the lens of the period’s religious history. Looking beyond the emergence of print, this collection of ground-breaking essays highlights the pivotal role of theology in the formation of the early modern cultures of communication. The authors assembled here urge us to understand the Reformation as a response to the perceived crisis of religious communication in late medieval Europe. In addition, they explore the novel demands placed on European media ecology by the acceleration and intensification of global interconnectedness in the early modern period. As the Christian evangelizing impulse began to propel growing numbers of Europeans outward to the Americas and Asia, theories and practices of religious communication had to be reformed to accommodate an array of new communicative constellations – across distances, languages, cultures.

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  • Page Count: 280 pages
  • Illustrations: 31
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Looking beyond the emergence of print, this collection of ground-breaking essays highlights the pivotal role of theology in the formation of the early modern cultures of communication.

Cultures of Communication: Theologies of Media in Early Modern Europe and Beyond

Edited by Helmut Puff, Ulrike Strasser, and Christopher Wild

© 2017

Contrary to the historiographical commonplace “no Reformation without print” Cultures of Communication examines media in the early modern world through the lens of the period’s religious history. Looking beyond the emergence of print, this collection of ground-breaking essays highlights the pivotal role of theology in the formation of the early modern cultures of communication. The authors assembled here urge us to understand the Reformation as a response to the perceived crisis of religious communication in late medieval Europe. In addition, they explore the novel demands placed on European media ecology by the acceleration and intensification of global interconnectedness in the early modern period. As the Christian evangelizing impulse began to propel growing numbers of Europeans outward to the Americas and Asia, theories and practices of religious communication had to be reformed to accommodate an array of new communicative constellations – across distances, languages, cultures.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: UCLA Clark Memorial Library Series
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 280 pages
  • Illustrations: 31
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "What sets this collection apart from others like it is the sheer variety of the essays …"


    David Jonathan Davis
    Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 71, No. 2

    "A truly inspiring collection, wide-ranging in scope and written by leaders in the field to re-shape our understanding of the role of media in the Reformations. I highly recommend it for cutting edge classroom discussions."


    Ulinka Rublack, author of Reformation Europe

    "Cultures of Communication is an innovative and engaging collection of essays that adopts a very creative approach in its examination of the relationship between media and religious reform. It is admirably broad in both its chronological and its geographical span and the juxtaposition of European and extra-European material is particularly welcome."


    Bridget Heal, School of History, University of St Andrews
  • Author Information

    Helmut Puff is Professor of German and History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


    Ulrike Strasser is Professor of History at the University of California, San Diego.


    Christopher Wild is Associate Professor of Germanic Studies and Associate Faculty in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago.
  • Table of contents

    1. Introduction: Cultures of Communication, Theologies of Media in Early Modern Europe and Beyond
      Christopher Wild and Ulrike Strasser
    2. The Absolute Medium: Nicholas of Cusa on the Mediality of Christ
      Christian Kiening
    3. Fragmentation and Presence: Reformation Debates and Cultural Theory
      Lee Palmer Wandel
    4. ‘Here I Stand’: Face-to-Face Communication and Print Media in the Early Reformation
      Marcus Sandl
    5. Mediated Immediacies in Thomas Müntzer’s Theology
      Helmut Puff
    6. ‘Sing unto the Lord’: An Anthropology of Singing and Not-Singing in the Late Reformation Era
      Susan C. Karant-Nunn
    7. Reading Images, Printing Voices: Simulation of Media and Epistemic Reflection in German Baroque Literature
      Daniel Weidner
    8. Divine Messengers and Divine Messages: Angelic Media in Early Modern Hispanic America
      Andrew Redden
    9. On Reading Missionary Correspondence: Jesuit Theologians on the Spiritual Benefits of a New Genre
      Markus Friedrich
    10. Early Modern Translation Theories as Mission Theories: A Case Study of José de Acosta: De procuranda indorum salute (1588)
      Renate Dürr
    11. Apocalyptic Times in a ‘World without End’: The Straits of Magellan around 1600
      Susanna Burghartz

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