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The New Middle Ages

Vernacular Aesthetics in the Later Middle Ages

Politics, Performativity, and Reception from Literature to Music

Editors: Jager, Katharine (Ed.)

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  • Capitalizes on recent work and theory exploring the aesthetic production of poetry, prose, and music
  • Discusses an impressive range of textual material, including musical lyrics, devotional texts, spiritual autobiographies, and dramas
  • Provides appeal to medieval scholars interested in manuscripts, the history of the English language, cultural theory, postcolonial theory, music, literature, and postmedievalism
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Vernacular Aesthetics in the Later Middle Ages explores the formal composition, public performance, and popular reception of vernacular poetry, music, and prose within late medieval French and English cultures. This collection of essays considers the extra-literary and extra-textual methods by which vernacular forms and genres were obtained and examines the roles that performance and orality play in the reception and dissemination of those genres, arguing that late medieval vernacular forms can be used to delineate the interests and perspectives of the subaltern. Via an interdisciplinary approach, contributors use theories of multimodality, translation, manuscript studies, sound studies, gender studies, and activist New Formalism to address how and for whom popular, vernacular medieval forms were made. 


About the authors

Katharine W. Jager is a poet and medieval scholar.  She is Associate Professor of English at the University of Houston–Downtown, USA, and has published essays on medieval aesthetics, the masculine performativity of chivalric speech acts, onomatopoeia and multimodality in alliterative verse, and aurality in late medieval English poetry, among other subjects.

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“This volume of essays offers a lively new perspective on vernacular texts and book production in late medieval England. Combining discussion of the aesthetics of English devotional song, alchemical language, antifraternal texts, mystical writings, and Passion lyrics, with explorations of multilingualism and multimodalism, and consideration of the impact of the English Rising of 1381 on the lyric, Gower, and Piers Plowman, this vibrant collection is as much about affect and the sensory as it is about the politics and aesthetics of medieval England’s vernaculars.” (Ruth Evans, Dorthy McBride Orthwein Professor of English, Saint Louis University, USA) 

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook 84,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-18334-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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Hardcover 103,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-18333-2
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Vernacular Aesthetics in the Later Middle Ages
Book Subtitle
Politics, Performativity, and Reception from Literature to Music
Editors
  • Katharine Jager
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-18334-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-18334-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-18333-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 312
Number of Illustrations
24 b/w illustrations
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