The Mutable Glass: Mirror-imagery in titles and texts of the Middle Ages and English Renaissance by Herbert GrabesThe Mutable Glass: Mirror-imagery in titles and texts of the Middle Ages and English Renaissance by Herbert Grabes

The Mutable Glass: Mirror-imagery in titles and texts of the Middle Ages and English Renaissance

byHerbert GrabesTranslated byGordon Collier

Paperback | February 4, 2010

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This 1982 book was the first major and comprehensive survey of mirror-imagery to be found in medieval book-titles and English literature from the thirteenth to the end of the seventeenth century. Working within the tradition of the historical study of metaphor as developed by E. R. Curtius, Professor Grabes not only traces the shifting historical usages of the mirror (as the metaphor's 'vehicle') but also studies the metaphor's structural function in individual works. At the same time, the author addresses himself to the aesthetic problem of originality in literature, and, by investigating the function of a metaphor central to literature over a long period of time, he reveals the interplay between cultural history, the changing attitude towards life and the world, and literary imagination. It represents a substantial contribution to the history of ideas and to the study of iconography, which, by providing a systematic and historical contextualisation of the many varied metaphorical senses of the mirror, will be of particular value to art and literary historians, and cultural philosophers.
Title:The Mutable Glass: Mirror-imagery in titles and texts of the Middle Ages and English RenaissanceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.61 × 6.69 × 0.87 inPublished:February 4, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521129923

ISBN - 13:9780521129923

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; Part I. The Mirror as Title-Metaphor: 2. History of the mirror-title in England; 3. A typology of works bearing mirror-titles; Part II. Mirror-Conventions in Literature and Art: 4. The multiplicity of mirrors; Part III. Originality: general conclusions: 9. The concept of originality; 10. The historical dimension of metaphor, aesthetics and ideas: the age of the mirror; Appendix; Notes; Indexical bibliography of primary references; General bibliography.