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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2017) 47 (3): 415–435.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Thomas Fulton Bibles were among the most circulated books in medieval and early modern England, the most studied and most read, and as such they provide a profoundly valuable archive for the history of reading. Because the biblical text underwent intense and often contentious hermeneutic scrutiny...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2023) 53 (3): 573–596.
Published: 01 September 2023
... intentionalism in the alterity of our subject (where mouvance replaces the “medieval mind”), I would like to take a sober, comparative view of our textual practices and articulate a resulting theory of intentionalism. In other words, I want medievalists to come clean about what we are doing, to acknowledge our...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2023) 53 (3): 451–465.
Published: 01 September 2023
... of disciplines (biblical hermeneutics, penitential theology, semantics, legislative practice, criminal law, textual criticism and literature especially) that elucidate some of the ways in which intentionalism rose in profile in the premodern and early modern centuries. In sum, we lose so much by repudiating...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2003) 33 (2): 215–239.
Published: 01 May 2003
... that the millennium would come if all men and women became good readers in de Man’s sense, though that promise is exceedingly unlikely to have a chance to be tested in practice.9 II I might seem to have arrived at a rather depressing point. Hermeneutic tra- ditions, both medieval...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2016) 46 (1): 1–5.
Published: 01 January 2016
... — a generation or two ago, it would be unsurprising to premodern textual practitioners and consumers, who were accustomed to the domain of medicine overlapping with other textual Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 46:1, January 2016 DOI 10.1215/10829636-3343087  © 2016...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2021) 51 (2): 215–240.
Published: 01 May 2021
... style and rhetoric” to instruct readers and to reimagine their Christian identity. 8 More recently, a group of scholars argue for the centrality of lollard writing to medieval textual culture by revealing how lollard writers experimented with different textual and rhetorical modes “to elicit new...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2023) 53 (3): 467–492.
Published: 01 September 2023
.... alastair.minnis@yale.edu Copyright © 2023 by Duke University Press 2023 medieval scholastic literary theory authorial intention textual authority biblical hermeneutics truth and meaning Writing shortly after 1150, Dominicus Gundissalinus declared that, for the reader of a text, the intention...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2021) 51 (2): 193–214.
Published: 01 May 2021
... of discernment in some prominent trials to examine female visionaries for sanctity or heresy. In these instances, discernment offers a medieval analogue to what critics such as Rita Felski, following Paul Ricoeur, have termed paranoid reading practices or the “hermeneutics of suspicion,” premised on demystifying...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2023) 53 (3): 519–543.
Published: 01 September 2023
... of the thoughts of another mind. Ultimately, it is the value of minds connecting with other minds that led medieval readers to care about authorial intention. pasnau@Colorado.EDU Copyright © 2023 by Duke University Press 2023 medieval textual hermeneutics semantics modern literary theory...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2017) 47 (3): 437–460.
Published: 01 September 2017
... and its exegesis included.12 Rather than yielding a totalizing hermeneutic, one that works consistently toward a unitary reading of any “serious” work of medieval literature, a fuller engagement with late medieval biblicism has the poten- tial to open Chaucer’s writings to a greater range...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2010) 40 (3): 439–461.
Published: 01 September 2010
... and self-­negating, that they were ultimately illiberal. Simpson argues that no one could read with sufficient care to sat- isfy the hermeneutic strictures of writers like Tyndale and therefore evangeli- cals were forced into a reductive process of self-­criticism and textual hatred. Burning to Read...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2016) 46 (1): 7–31.
Published: 01 January 2016
... land also have demonstrated that thinkers during the Middle Ages pictured writing as akin to cross-­sex intercourse.11 Patristic theorists, namely Jerome and Augustine, inaugurated a “sexual poetics” — a normative hermeneutic framework within which medieval readers interpreted texts according...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2011) 41 (2): 317–343.
Published: 01 May 2011
... — are critical for understanding a poetic and textual operation at work. As contemporary readers, we often privilege a uniform material- 318  Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies / 41.2 / 2011 ity and integrity with regard to the body and thus overlook the temporal and textual networks...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2012) 42 (2): 333–363.
Published: 01 May 2012
... fundamentally on the process by which one arrives at it. Discord therefore serves as a hermeneutic tool, one that Julian uses deliberately. Understanding her method of interpretation also illuminates the role of dissimilarity elsewhere in medieval commentary. © 2012 by Duke University Press 2012...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2023) 53 (2): 379–404.
Published: 01 May 2023
... resemblance to Andrewes's own hermeneutic strategies. Andrewes scrutinizes minute textual details to achieve transcendent understanding. In an act of paranomasia that doubtless appealed to Andrewes, Bernard likewise shows how a detailed treatment of the scriptural text can be revelatory. 33 He hears...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2010) 40 (1): 1–5.
Published: 01 January 2010
... English studies are rapidly transforming in many directions, but one especially vigorous transformation well underway seeks to speak across that entrenched divide. A wide range of scholars, mostly medievalists but also early modernists, have begun to set late medieval textual and dramatic cultures...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2023) 53 (3): 597–622.
Published: 01 September 2023
... practice that is predicated on a different idea of authorship and textual authority? Spearing argues that for medieval readers “the textual I was (what we would call) a proximal deictic, and they did not distinguish between its possible fictional and autobiographical referents.” 21 When John...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2017) 47 (3): 487–516.
Published: 01 September 2017
... Protestant hermeneutics are by Tyndale’s account simple: forget the polyse- mous methods and layers, the Quadriga of medieval reading, and focus only on the single literal sense. Yet this hermeneutic credo must be understood as an effort of redirecting and emphasis, not always as theoretically self...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2000) 30 (2): 375–399.
Published: 01 May 2000
...- plete body of work, Browne’s elegy thematizes the readerly tendency to inter- pret this textual body in the light of “subjective” notions of “proper” desire. Through a close reading of Browne’s poem, in which I contextualize his key image of the bad reader as a “circumciser” within the theological...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2010) 40 (1): 119–147.
Published: 01 January 2010
... his only full experiment with the medieval morality genre. By using medi- eval allegory to dramatize contemporary hermeneutics, I argue, Shakespeare offers an ironic critique of the fundamentalist reading practices that James Simpson has so vividly described.3 In her recent study of Measure...