Interpretation: Medieval and Modern

Interpretation: Medieval and Modern

The J.A.W.Bennett Memorial Lectures, Eighth Series

Edited by Piero Boitani, Anna Torti

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D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

Studies of approaches to texts by a variety of English medieval writers.
The essays in this volume, from the 1992 J.A.W. Bennett Symposium, explore varied aspects of the interpretation of texts in middle English literature, and, in one case, a modern interpretation of medieval material. A study of the dissenting hermeneutics of the Lollards as against a scholastic synthesis and an analysis of the role of medieval figures in Caryl Churchill's play Top Girls opens the volume. A section then illustrates the exploitation of the term interpresby Aldhelm and Bede, the problem of interpreting popular narrative poetry by taking into account the dynamics of performance, and the role of the translator as `cross-cultural go-between'. A discussion of cases of authorial awareness of genre and bygenres is followed by an examination of interpretative examples in the Decameron and by an analysis of the hermeneutical problems of mystical experience. The two final essays deal with the idea of pictura ut poesisin Alan of Lille andits interpretative consequences, and with the meaning of fidus interpres.
Contributors: GEORGE H. BROWN, FRANCESCO BRUNI, RITA COPELAND, JULIETTE DOR, JOHN V. FLEMING, VINCENT GILLESPIE, RENATE HAAS, H. ANSGAR KELLY, KARL REICHL and JAMESSIMPSON.

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October 1993
220 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
J.A.W. Bennett Memorial Lectures
ISBN: 9780859913829
Format: Hardback
D.S.Brewer
BIC DSBB
BISAC LCO003000
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Table of Contents

Rhetoric and the Politics of the Literal Sense in Medieval Literary Theory: Aquinas, Wyclif, and the Lollards - Rita Copeland
Pope Joan and Patient Griselda as 'Top Girls': Late Medieval Literature via Poetic 'Deconstruction' - Renate Haas
The Meanings of interpres in Aldhelm and Bede - George Hardin Brown
The Literate Fallacy: Interpreting Medieval Popular Narrative Poetry - Karl Reichl
Traduttore Cicerone: The Translator as Cross-Cultural Go-Between - Juliette Dor
Interpretation of Genres and by Genres in the Middle Ages - Henry Ansgar Kelly
Interpretation within the Decameron - Francesco Bruni
Postcards from the Edge: Interpreting the Ineffable in the Middle English Mystics - Vincent Gillespie
Ut Pictura Poesis: A Critique of Robert Jordan's Chaucer and the Shape of Creation - James Simpson
The Fidus Interpres, or From Horace to Pandarus - John V. Fleming

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