Latin Literatures of Medieval and Early Modern Times in Europe and Beyond

A millennium heritage

Francesco Stella | University of Siena
ORCID logoLucie Doležalová | Charles University, Prague
ORCID logoDanuta Shanzer | University of Vienna
ISBN 9789027214478 | EUR 218.00 | USD 285.00
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The textual heritage of Medieval Latin is one of the greatest reservoirs of human culture. Repertories list more than 16,000 authors from about 20 modern countries. Until now, there has been no introduction to this world in its full geographical extension. Forty contributors fill this gap by adopting a new perspective, making available to specialists (but also to the interested public) new materials and insights. The project presents an overview of Medieval (and post-medieval) Latin Literatures as a global phenomenon including both Europe and extra-European regions. It serves as an introduction to medieval Latin's complex and multi-layered culture, whose attraction has been underestimated until now. Traditional overviews mostly flatten specificities, yet in many countries medieval Latin literature is still studied with reference to the local history. Thus the first section presents 20 regional surveys, including chapters on authors and works of Latin Literature in Eastern, Central and Northern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. Subsequent chapters highlight shared patterns of circulation, adaptation, and exchange, and underline the appeal of medieval intermediality, as evidenced in manuscripts, maps, scientific treatises and iconotexts, and its performativity in narrations, theatre, sermons and music. The last section deals with literary “interfaces,” that is motifs or characters that exemplify the double-sided or the long-term transformations of medieval Latin mythologemes in vernacular culture, both early modern and modern, such as the legends about King Arthur, Faust, and Hamlet.
[Comparative History of Literatures in European Languages, XXXIV]  Expected June 2024.  xviii, 706 pp.
Publishing status: In production
Table of Contents

Main BIC Subject

DSBB: Literary studies: classical, early & medieval

Main BISAC Subject

LIT004190: LITERARY CRITICISM / Ancient & Classical
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2023050430 | Marc record