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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2023) 53 (3): 519–543.
Published: 01 September 2023
...Robert Pasnau Abstract The Middle Ages developed a rigorous semantic account of how thought mediates between words and things. Modern literary theory, in contrast, has been characteristically skeptical about whether anything is gained by attempting to discover the thoughts of the author that lie...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2023) 53 (3): 467–492.
Published: 01 September 2023
..., 94–95. 53 Medieval Literary Theory , 96 54 See Peter King, “Abelard's Intentionalist Ethics,” Modern Schoolman 72, no. 2/3 (1995): 213–31. 55 Peter Abelard's Ethics , ed. and trans. D. E. Luscombe (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1971), 54; cf. xvii–xviii, xxxii. 56...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2024) 54 (1): 1–7.
Published: 01 January 2024
... of personality in the visual and literary arts of the period. But nowhere was its influence greater than in the practice of criminal law. This special issue explores the varied ways that jurists and judges drew on theories—ancient and modern—of how to read the human body, the face especially, in order to help...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2017) 47 (1): 147–166.
Published: 01 January 2017
... they also represent a genre of life narrative that profits from the insights of literary and feminist theory. This essay reads the rich harvest of fifteenth-century Burgundian pardon letters as collaboratively authored textual performances as it explores the relationship of these micronarratives...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2023) 53 (3): 493–518.
Published: 01 September 2023
... Simpson, “Faith and Hermeneutics,” 229–30. 37 Cicero, De inventione , 285 and 287 (bk. 2, sec. 40), the latter detailing an issue raised in modern literary theory. On the purported risks of relying on biographical details from the author's life, see Skinner, “Motivations, Intentions...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2008) 38 (1): 1–14.
Published: 01 January 2008
... has diplomacy figured significantly in the dialogue with his- tory that has transformed literary studies within the last three decades. In some ways, nothing could be stranger than the literary critic’s lack of atten- tion to diplomatic theory and practice. Many of the most familiar figures...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2009) 39 (2): 283–303.
Published: 01 May 2009
... of textual scholarship have hindered our literary and his- torical perceptions of this central medieval genre.6 As a result, a new textual biography — a previously unknown textography — is produced. Because Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 39:2, Spring 2009 DOI...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2023) 53 (3): 451–465.
Published: 01 September 2023
... all citations in this essay are drawn. Further page numbers are cited in the body of the text. The translation into English of this essay by Stephen Heath, in Image—Music—Text (London: Fontana, 1977), 142–48, is reproduced in Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader , ed. David Lodge (Harlow, Essex...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2020) 50 (3): 477–492.
Published: 01 September 2020
... of New Diplomatic Studies. By incorporating various elements of international relations theory in their study of early modern diplomacy, the contributors to this special issue seek to complement existing analyses of early modern diplomatic dis- course and the theoretical problems that have come...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2019) 49 (1): 7–31.
Published: 01 January 2019
...Eleanor Johnson This essay argues that Chaucer’s much- unloved “Monk’s Tale,” rather than being a failure or misfire on Chaucer’s part, actually constitutes a high- water mark of the bold and experimental literary theory that characterizes much of Chaucer’s later career. In this case, the Monk...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2021) 51 (3): 387–395.
Published: 01 September 2021
... constitute meaning and identity. At once simple and revolutionary, the exhortation to study performance as performance, rather than through interpretive practices born of formalism and literary theory, has had far-reaching implications. On the one hand, performance studies encourages a consideration...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2016) 46 (1): 7–31.
Published: 01 January 2016
... allegory with metaphors of uncircumcision. These preputial theories were themselves inflected by ancient anatomical understandings of the foreskin. The roots of this literary-­theoretical tradition are located in Paul’s defini- tion of allegoresis, which considers allegory through a preputial analogy...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2023) 53 (3): 597–622.
Published: 01 September 2023
... to the Canterbury Tales and their narrative situations are discussed, in which authorial intention looms large: the “dramatic,” the “detached,” and the “animated.” Then a case is made for the unavoidability of intentionalist readings by drawing on cognitive literary theories, in particular the intentional stance...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2003) 33 (1): 143–177.
Published: 01 January 2003
... an obstacle: if it is the place of crisis—the garden agon Stewart 146 Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies / 33.1 / 2003 describes—the garden is also an activity in crisis precisely over the issue of theory. Locating the making of gardens within the more familiar context of “landscape...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2002) 32 (1): 1–15.
Published: 01 January 2002
... the identity is always a collective one. Traditional literary studies, art history, and other disciplines tended to focus on cases in which individuals deliberately constructed their own iden- tities, a model that is somewhat anachronistic for the medieval period, rest- ing as it does on modern notions...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2017) 47 (1): 1–6.
Published: 01 January 2017
... much can a single colophon tell us? Like Paul Dutton, Sara Petrosillo also uses microanalysis to hunt through medieval and early modern texts for clues about an overlooked phenomenon —in this case, women’s experience of the womb. Petrosillo, a literary scholar, suggests that the kind...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2023) 53 (3): 573–596.
Published: 01 September 2023
... Literary Theory: Intentionalism and the Desire for Stable Sense,” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 53, no. 3 (2023): 467–92. 15 Copeland, Rhetoric, Hermeneutics, and Translation , 180–86; and Cole, “Chaucer's English Lesson.” I use the term contrapuntal in the sense of representing...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2023) 53 (2): 201–224.
Published: 01 May 2023
... and other developments in literary theory as follows: “Even in the act of fleeing modern ideologies . . . literary theory reveals its often unconscious complicity with them, betraying its elitism, sexism or individualism in the ‘aesthetic’ or ‘unpolitical’ language it finds natural to use of the literary...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2003) 33 (2): 215–239.
Published: 01 May 2003
...–50. 35 Rita Copeland, “Rhetoric and the Politics of the Literal Sense in Medieval Literary Theory: Aquinas, Wyclif, and the Lollards,” in Interpretation, Medieval and Modern, ed. Piero Boitani and Anna Torti (Woobridge, Suffolk: D. S. Brewer, 1993), 1–23, at 14. 36 Stanley Fish...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2000) 30 (3): 463–477.
Published: 01 September 2000
..., a journal devoted to medieval Spanish studies, marked a watershed of sorts. Under the guest editorship of Michael Solomon, a cluster of articles appeared whose goal was to provoke a dialogue between contemporary literary and cultural theories and hispanomedieval...