Truth and Convention in the Middle Ages
Rhetoric, Representation and Reality
By (author) Ruth Morse
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Truth and Convention in the Middle Ages by Ruth Morse
Book DescriptionMedieval assumptions about the nature of the representation involved in literary and historical narratives were widely different from our own. Writers and readers worked with a complex understanding of the relations between truth and convention, in which accounts of presumed fact could be expanded, embellished, or translated in a variety of accepted ways. Ruth Morse's challenging and wide-ranging book explores how these assumptions operated in a broad range of genres, including romance, history, and biography. The book recovers the rhetorical principles which governed the creation and interpretation of such writings, and demonstrates their educational centrality in medieval Europe. Drawing upon this background, Truth and Convention in the Middle Ages examines in detail the diverse ways in which ostensibly 'historical' narratives established their legitimacy, notably through their invocation of earlier textual authorities or 'sources'. In analysing these complex processes of narrative reconstruction, this lucid and accessible book itself reconstructs medieval habits of reading and writing, and raises far-reaching questions about language and representation.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521317900
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ruth Morse
Medieval Shakespeare, Paperback (October 2015)
This book gives readers the opportunity to appreciate Shakespeare from the perspectives of the late-medieval European traditions that surrounded him.
Hugo, Pasternak, Brecht, Cesaire, Hardback (October 2013)
"A comprehensive critical analysis of the most important Shakespearean critics, editors, actors and directors. This volume focuses on five Europeans who saw Shakespeare as a force of resistance against tyranny"--
Chaucer Traditions, Paperback (November 2006)
An important collection of essays which will be of interest to teachers and students of Chaucer.
Truth and Convention in the Middle Ages, Hardback (November 1990)» View all books by Ruth Morse
This book examines in detail the diverse ways in which ostensibly 'historical' narratives established their legitimacy.
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