Textual Cultures of Medieval Italy: Essays from the 41st Conference on Editorial Problems

Edited by William Robins

© 2010

Medieval Italy presented a rich array of discrete textual cultures, many of them specific to particular regions, professions, or groups of writers and readers. The essays in this collection consider how distinct habits of writing took root among specific communities in Italy between the early Middle Ages and the eve of the Renaissance.

In examining how ideological concerns helped give shape to strategies of writing and how forms of communication influenced cultural developments, these case studies assess a wide range of texts, including legal treatises, saintly biographies, rhetorical handbooks, and vernacular poetry. As a whole, the collection makes the case for combining abstract analyses such as textual theory and intellectual history with more technical specialties such as editing and codicology. Rather than approaching pre-modern Italian textuality as something uniform, Textual Cultures of Medieval Italy engages with its fascinating plurality.

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  • Page Count: 320 pages
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The essays in Textual Cultures of Medieval Italy consider how distinct habits of writing took root among specific communities in Italy between the early Middle Ages and the eve of the Renaissance.

Textual Cultures of Medieval Italy: Essays from the 41st Conference on Editorial Problems

Edited by William Robins

© 2010

Medieval Italy presented a rich array of discrete textual cultures, many of them specific to particular regions, professions, or groups of writers and readers. The essays in this collection consider how distinct habits of writing took root among specific communities in Italy between the early Middle Ages and the eve of the Renaissance.

In examining how ideological concerns helped give shape to strategies of writing and how forms of communication influenced cultural developments, these case studies assess a wide range of texts, including legal treatises, saintly biographies, rhetorical handbooks, and vernacular poetry. As a whole, the collection makes the case for combining abstract analyses such as textual theory and intellectual history with more technical specialties such as editing and codicology. Rather than approaching pre-modern Italian textuality as something uniform, Textual Cultures of Medieval Italy engages with its fascinating plurality.

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Product Details

  • Series: Conference on Editorial Problems
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.5in x 1.1in x 9.4in
  • Reviews

    ‘This volume is a welcome addition to the field of book history and will also be a necessary and useful resource for any scholar of medieval and early modern history and literature.’
    Aileen A. Feng
    Speculum vol 88:4:2013
  • Author Information

    William Robins is president of Victoria University and associate professor of English and Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgements

    Introduction / by William Robins

    1. The Study of Medieval Italian Textual Cultures / by William Robins
    PART I: Forms of Textual Exchange
    1. Rhetoric and Reform During the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries / by Ronald Witt (Duke University)
    2. Adventures in Textuality: Lyric Poetry, the Tenzone and Cino da Pistoia / by Christopher Kleinhenz (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
    PART II: Materials of Textual Communication
    1. Public Textual Cultures: A Case Study in Southern Italy / by Linda Safran (University of Toronto)
    2. The Textualization of Early Italian Cantari / by Maria Bendinelli Predelli (McGill University)
    PART III: Administrative Textual Cultures
    1. Paulinus of Aquileia's Sponsio episcoporum: Written Oaths and Ecclesiastical Discipline in Carolingian Italy / by Nicholas Everett (University of Toronto)
    2. Writing the Vernacular at the Merchant Court of Florence / by Luca Boschetto (University of Florence)
    PART IV: Collaborative Textual Cultures
    1. The Death of Angela of Foligno and the Genesis of the Liber Angelae / by Dominique Poirel (St Bonaventure University)
    2. Editing Legal Texts from the Late Middle Ages / by Susanne Lepsius (University of Munich)

    Contributors
    Index of Manuscripts
    Index of Names and Subjects

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