Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Future of the Middle Ages: Medieval Literature in the 1990s

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Future of the Middle Ages: Medieval Literature in the 1990s

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The Future of the Middle Ages: Medieval Literature in the 1990s, ed. William D. Paden (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1994). xiii + 233 pp. ISBN 0-81301278-3, £34.50 (hard covers); ISBN 0-8130-1279-1, ¿15.95 (p/b). The seven essays in this volume trace their origin to a colloquium held at the Newberry Library, Chicago, in March 1990; they share many of the concerns (penned by some of the same authors) as the famous first-ever special issue of Speculum (vol. 65.1, January 1990) on 'The New Philology'. The three central essays debate the need for and newness of 'new philology'. Flanking contributions push deeper into the territory of nationalist history and cultural studies; postcolonial theory lies just beyond the volume's conceptual horizon. The chapters run as follows: William D. Paden, 'Scholars at a perilous ford'; Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, ? philological invention of modernism: Menéndez Pidal, Garcia Lorca, and the Harlem renaissance'; Rupert Τ. …

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