Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric: Language Arts and Literary Theory, AD 300 -1475

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EditorRita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter

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Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric: Language Arts and Literary Theory, AD 300-1475 contributes to two fields, the history of the language arts and the history of literary theory. It brings together essential sources in the disciplines of grammar and rhetoric which were used to understand literaryform and language and teach literary composition. Grammar and rhetoric, the language disciplines, formed the basis of any education from antiquity through the Middle Ages, no matter what future career a student would want to pursue. Because literature was also the subject matter of grammaticalteaching, and because rhetorical teaching gave great attention to literary form, these were also the disciplines that would prepare students for an understanding of literary language and form. These arts constituted the abiding theoretical toolbox for anyone engaged in a life of letters.The book brings together more than fifty primary texts from the medieval history of grammar and rhetoric, well over half of them never translated into English before. The volume establishes the ancient traditions on which the medieval arts are based, and gives substantial selections from the lateantique source texts. All texts are presented in their historical and theoretical contexts, and carefully annotated in order to make them useful to readers, both specialists and non-specialists. For the first time, the long traditions of grammar and rhetoric are presented together in one historicalsurvey, showing how they related to each other, and are placed in a coherent conceptual structure, their contributions to literary theory.

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Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric: Language Arts and Literary Theory, AD 300-1475 contributes to two fields, the history of the language arts and the history of literary theory. It brings together essential sources in the disciplines of grammar and rhetoric which were used to understand literaryform and language and teach literary composit...

Rita Copeland is Professor of Classical Studies and English, and Chair of Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. Her field is medieval studies, and she has written extensively on the histories of rhetoric, literary theory, translation, allegory, pedagogy, and intellectuals. Ineke Sluiter is Professor of Greek at Lei...

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List of AbbreviationsGeneral IntroductionPart 1 Arts of Language, AD ca. 300-ca. 950IntroductionTerentianus Maurus, De litteris and De syllabis, ca. 300Aelius Donatus, Ars minor, Ars maior, Life of Virgil, ca. 300Marius Victorinus, Commentary on the De inventione, before 355Servius, Commentary on the Aeneid, ca. 400-420Tiberius Claudius Donatus, Interpretationes Vergilianae, ca. 400Martianus Capella, De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii, ca. 420-490Priscian, Institutiones grammaticae and Institutio De Nomine Pronomine Verbo, ca. 520Boethius, De topicis differentiis book 4, ca. 523Cassiodorus, Expositio Psalmorum, ca. 540, and Institutiones, ca. 562Isidore of Seville, Etymologiae, ca. 625Virgilius Maro Grammaticus, Epistolae and Epitomae, ca. 650Bede, De arte metrica and De schematibus et tropis, ca. 710Alcuin, Ars grammatica and Disputatio de rhetorica et de virtutibus, ca. 790-800Glosses on Priscian by Remigius and his Followers (ninth and tenth centuries)Part 2 Dossiers on the Ablative Absolute and EtymologyIntroductionThe Ablative Absolute DossierEtymology DossierPart 3 Sciences and Curricula of Language in the Twelfth CenturyIntroductionCommentaries on Priscian, ca. 1080 to ca. 1150: Glosulae, Notae dunelmenses, William of ConchesRupert of Deutz, De sancta trinitate et operibuseius, 1112-16: Grammar and RhetoricThierry of Chartres, Commentaries on the De inventione and Ad Herennium, ca. 1130-1140Thierry of Chartres, Prologue to the Heptateuchon;Prologues to Donatus, ca. 1140.Petrus Helias, Summa super Priscianum, ca.1140-50Dominicus Gundissalinus, De divisione philosophiae, ca. 1150-60John of Salisbury, Metalogicon,1159Grammatical Commentaries from "School,"of Ralph of Beauvais ca. 1165-75Alexander Neckam, A List of Textbooks (from Sacerdos ad altare), ca. 1210Section 4 Pedagogies of Grammar and Rhetoric, ca. 1150-1280IntroductionPrologues to Twelfth-Century School Commentaries on Horace's Ars poetica, ca. 1150Matthew of Vendome, Ars versificatoria, ca. 1175Alexander of Villa Dei, Doctrinale, 1199Eberhard of Bethune, Graecismus, 1212Geoffrey of Vinsauf, Poetria nova, ca. 1208-1213Gervase of Melkley, Ars versificaria, ca. 1215-1216Thomas of Chobham, Summa de arte praedicandi, ca.1220John of Garland, Parisiana poetria, ca. 1231-1235Tria Sunt (after 1256, before 1400) Part 5 Professional, Civic, and Scholastic Approaches to the Language Arts, ca.1225- ca.1272IntroductionHenri d'Andeli, Bataille des sept arts, ca. 1230Commentary on the Barbarismus (attributed to Robert Kilwardby), ca. 1250Hermannus Alemannus, Al-Farabi's Didascalia on Aristotle's Rhetoric,1256Brunetto Latini, Rettorica, ca. 1260Thomas Aquinas, Preface to his Expositio of Aristotle's Posterior Analytics,1270Giles of Rome, commentary on Aristotle's Rhetoric,ca. 1272Part 6 Receptions of the Traditions: The Language Arts and Poetics in the Later Middle Ages, ca. 1369-ca. 1475IntroductionNicolaus Dybinus, Declaracio oracionis de beata Dorothea ca. 1369John Gower, Confessio amantis, 1386-90John Lydgate, Fall of Princes, 1431-9A Middle English Treatise on the Seven Liberal Arts, ca. 1475Select BibliographiesPrimary SourcesSecondary SourcesIndex of Latin termsGeneral Index

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"this book is the most impressive and useful such compilation of primary materials ever made available." --Michael Calabrese, The Medieval Review