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Description - In Praise of the Variant by Cerquiglini.Bernard

In this study, Bernard Cerquiglini looks at the relation between philosophical studies and their texts, with special attention to texts from the Middle Ages. He finds that the scientific reconstruction of texts is not only a recent historical phenomenon, but also an anachronism that loses exactly what it seeks: a way of confronting a text in its own terms. In the medieval period, Cerquiglini observes, works were translated into French and transmitted in French copies that often varied greatly. For centuries such texts were valued, precisely because each was, in some manner, unique. The variant was not necessarily a careless accident, but a sign of precious individuality, and a source of pleasure, or even joy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801861260
ISBN-10: 0801861268
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 133mm x mm)
Pages: 112
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 6-Apr-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Cerquiglini.Bernard

Bernard Cerquiglini is the author of 'Grammaires du texte medieval', 'La Parole medievale', and 'La Naissance du frangais'.