9781403967329

Sacred and Secular in Medieval and Early Modern Cultures New Essays

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-02-05
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

This book illuminates the pervasive interplay of "sacred" and "secular" phenomena in the literature, history, politics, and religion of the Middle Ages and Early Modern periods. Following an introduction that examines methodological questions in the study of the sacred and the secular, the other essays treat (among other topics): Old English poetry, troubadour lyrics, twelfth-century romance, the Gregorian Reform, Middle English lyrics and the work of the Pearl-poet, Luther, and Shakespeare. The essays gathered here constitute a new way of applying a classic dichotomy to major cultural phenomena of the pre-modern era.

Author Biography

Lawrence Besserman is currently a Professor of English at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in Old and Middle English literature, especially Chaucer.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Preface xv
Introduction Sacred and Secular in Medieval and Early Modern Cultures: Issues and Approaches 1(18)
Lawrence Besserman
Part I Medieval and Early Modern Literature: Lyric, Narrative, and Drama
The Imitation of Hagiographic Formulas in Occitanian Vidas (Lives of the Troubadours)
19(10)
Cyril Aslanov
``Quid Hinieldus Cum Christo?'': The Secular Expression of the Sacred in Old and Middle English Lyrics
29(18)
Thomas G. Duncan
Reading Radical Metonymy in Pearl
47(16)
Alan J. Fletcher
Purchasing Pardon: Material and Spiritual Economies on the Canterbury Pilgrimage
63(20)
Alastair Minnis
Sacred and Secular in The Merchant of Venice
83(18)
Murray Roston
Part II Medieval and Early Modern History: Church and State
The Communal Body, the Corporate Body, and the Clerical Body: An Anthropological Reading of the Gregorian Reform
101(22)
Lior Barshack
Sacred, Secular, and Impure: The Contextuality of Sensations
123(12)
Esther Cohen
Secular and Sacred: The History of Rhetoric and Religious Community in the Middle Ages
135(14)
Rita Copeland
Sacred Authority and Secular Power: The Historical Argument of the Gesta Episcoporum Cameracensis
149(18)
Robert M. Stein
The Space of the Altar
167(10)
Miri Rubin
Notes 177(50)
Index 227

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