Chrisropher Baswell and SuzanneAkbari both engage questions ofpolitical identity, exploring the possibility that something like national identity existed during the Middle Ages. ReadingMedieval Culture does what a gpodfestschrifiought to do.
The editors of his festschrift, Robert M. The first section takes up his foundational work on history and romance. Nancy Partner and Marshall Leicester both read closely and against the grain ofthe texts they have chosen.
The second section is devoted to Chaucer studies. Some ofthe papets do extend far into the fifteenth century, while others are concerned more with Windsor Castle than its chapel as such. Their virtuoso readings ofChristine Markyate and Marie de France respectively demonstrate the ways in which texts, far from being univocal, are sites ofsttuggle over conflicting meanings.
Particularly striking in this section, though it is never mentioned, is the importance placed on social and literary geography, the intetsections of time and space, in the constructions of the particular identities—individual, ethnic, and religious—romance and history simultaneously bring into existence and naturalize.
First and foremost, it honors the distinguished career of its dedicatee, Robert M. View freely available titles: University ofNotre Dame Press, Essays in Honor ofRobert W.
While not every essay in the collection is a page-turner, many—perhaps more than one might expect from rhe genre—do what Hanning himself has done so frequently—speak to us in novel and provocative ways that open up fertile areas for thinking about the Middle Ages.
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A glance at his bibliography confirms that there ate not many subjects in medieval studies todaytowhich he has not had something insightful ro contribute. The editors remark that what Hanning often accomplishes in his own scholarship is elegantly to knit togethet the often untuly strands that marie the conflicts in medieval studies.
Hanning, whose caieet so far has spanned four decades, covering an eclectic tange ofsubjects from the Venerable Bede to the Italian Renaissance, has produced groundbreaking work in medieval historiography, romance, Chaucer, and the twelfth-century Renaissance.
He is able to play offclose leading against a cultural studies model or the free play of meaning against the power of the social order to constrain meaning. Monika Ottet and Charlotte Gross explore the workings of time in history and philosophy.
Several of the essays in this section focus on gender, primarily in The Canterbury Tales. I remain one of the few skeptics who still believe, contra Akbari, that the question ofmedieval nationalisms is far from settled.ROBERT M.
STEIN AND SANDRA PIERSON PRIOR, eds., Reading Medieval Culture: Essays in Honor of Robert W. Manning. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, Pp. ISBN: $ Reading Medieval Culture does what a good festschrift ought to do. Reading medieval culture: essays in honor of Robert W.
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Hanning. JONATHAN GOOD Reinhardt College Robert M. stein and sandra Pierson prior, eds., ReadingMedieval Culture: Essays in Honor ofRobert W. Hanning. Notre Dame, IN: University ofNotre Dame Press, Pp. isbn: $ ReadingMedieval Culture does what a gpodfestschrifiought to do.
Download Citation on ResearchGate | On Jan 1,Stein, Robert M. and Sandra Pierson Prior, eds and others published Reading Medieval Culture: Essays in Honor of Robert W. Hanning }. This collection of original essays honors the influential work of medievalist Robert W. Hanning. Contributors cover a wide range of fields within medieval studies, from Anglo-Saxon England to twelfth-century European intellectual culture, and from Chaucer's age to nineteenth- and twentieth-century medievalism, including a rich section on Italian Renaissance humanism and visual art.
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