Truth and Convention in the Middle Ages: Rhetoric, Representation and Reality by Ruth MorseTruth and Convention in the Middle Ages: Rhetoric, Representation and Reality by Ruth Morse

Truth and Convention in the Middle Ages: Rhetoric, Representation and Reality

byRuth Morse, Ruth Morse

Paperback | October 13, 2005

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Medieval assumptions about the nature of literary and historical narrative representation were widely different from our own. Writers and readers looked for truths that were not necessarily literal or empirical fact, and the embellishments of language bore a more complex relationship to the objects of representation in the historical past that was depicted. Ruth Morse's challenging book makes a study of the principles of rhetorical invention that operate as a context for the interpretation of medieval historical narratives. It examines the background of medieval education in rhetoric, commentary and invention, and looks at different modes of writing--history, biography and translation. She traces ways in which historical narratives claimed their legitimacy, for example by reference to earlier textual authorities. In analyzing the complex process of narrative reconstruction, the author herself reconstructs medieval habits of reading and writing, and provokes far-reaching questions about language and representation.
Title:Truth and Convention in the Middle Ages: Rhetoric, Representation and RealityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:October 13, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521317908

ISBN - 13:9780521317900

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Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Meaning and means; 2. The meaning of the past; 3. Let us now praise famous men; 4. Traitor translator; 5. Texts and pre-texts; Index.

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"...filled with important insights about medieval rhetoric and narrative....[T]he issues raised in the book should be carefully considered by students and scholars of medieval culture." Martin Irvine, Speculum