Medieval Reading: Grammar, Rhetoric and the Classical Text by Suzanne ReynoldsMedieval Reading: Grammar, Rhetoric and the Classical Text by Suzanne Reynolds

Medieval Reading: Grammar, Rhetoric and the Classical Text

bySuzanne ReynoldsEditorAlastair Minnis, Patrick Boyde

Paperback | July 29, 2004

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This book investigates how people learned to read in the Middle Ages. It uses glosses--medieval teachers' notes--on classical Latin texts to show how these complex works were used in a very basic and literal way in the classroom, and argues that this has profound implications for our understanding of medieval literacy and hermeneutics. Suzanne Reynolds discusses issues including the relationship of Latin and vernacular languages, the role of classical texts in medieval culture, ideas of allegory in the Middle Ages, and medieval literary theory.
Title:Medieval Reading: Grammar, Rhetoric and the Classical TextFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:July 29, 2004Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521604524

ISBN - 13:9780521604529

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; Part I. Contents for reading: 2. Learning to read: the classics and the curriculum; 3. Reading and the trivium arts; Part II. Reading Practice: 4. Origins and mythologies: the invention of language and meaning; 5. Reading word by word (1): the role of the vernacular; 6. Reading word by word (2): grammatical and rhetorical approaches; 7. From words to the phrase: the problem of syntax; 8. Government: the theory and practice of a grammatical concept; 9. Rival orders of syntax: vernacular, natural and artificial; 10. From the phrase to the text: grammatical and rhetorical approaches again; 11. Naked intention: satire and a new kind of literal reading; 12. Literacy: a new model for the classical text in the middle ages?; Bibliography.

Editorial Reviews

"Medieval Reading is a treasure of a book. It is so well executed, in every regard..." Ralph Hexter, Modern Philology