Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Cultural Reformations: Medieval and Renaissance in Literay History

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Cultural Reformations: Medieval and Renaissance in Literay History

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Cultural Reformations: Medieval and Renaissance in Literary History, ed. Brian Cummings and James Simpson, Oxford Twenty-First Century Approaches to literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010). xii + 689 pp. ISBN 978-0-1992-1 248-4. £85.00. The latest volume in a series aimed at being provocative and stimulating. The collection addresses one of the fundamental and fraught questions in Medieval and Renaissance Studies - that of the division between periods. The editors and contributors take up and extend recent dialogues between those working in the medieval and early modern periods, with the aim of building bridges between subject areas that have too often been treated in isolation. All the essays treat material before and after 1 500, taking into account the revolutionary moments - cultural reformations - of the sixteenth century in particular, and the often major shifts they occasioned, but also looking at connections and continuities. …

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