Textual cultures of medieval Italy /
edited by William Robins.
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2011.
xvi, 350 p. : ill., facsims. ; 24 cm.
9781442642720 :
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Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2011.
9781442642720 :
general note
Based on papers presented at the 41st Conference on Editorial Problems held at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont., from Nov. 6 - 8th, 2005.
language note
Includes some text in Italian and Latin.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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Main Description
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 Italyengages with its fascinating plurality.
Main Description
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.
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributorsp. vii
Acknowledgentsp. xi
Figures and Tablesp. xiii
Introductionp. 3
The Study of Medieval Italian Textual Culturesp. 11
Forms of Textual Exchange
Rhetoric and Reform during the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuriesp. 53
Adventures in Textuality: Lyric Poetry, the Tenzone, and Cino da Pistoiap. 81
Materials of Textual Communication
Public Textual Cultures: A Case Study in Southern Italyp. 115
The Textualization of Early Italian Cantarip. 145
Administrative Textual Cultures
Paulinus of AquileiaƆs Sponsio episcoporum: Written Oaths and Ecclesiastical Discipline in Carolingian Italyp. 167
Writing the Vernacular at the Merchant Court of Florencep. 217
Collaborative Textual Cultures
The Death of Angela of Foligno and the Genesis of the Liber Angelaep. 265
Editing Legal Texts from the Late Middle Agesp. 295
Index of Manuscriptsp. 325
Index of Names and Subjectsp. 329
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