Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature Series Number 44: Pedagogy, Intellectuals, and Dissent in the Later Middle Ages: Lollardy and Ideas of Learning

Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature
  • Engels
  • Paperback
  • 9780521023023
  • Druk: New edition
  • november 2005
  • 260 pagina's
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This book is about the place of pedagogy and the role of intellectuals in medieval dissent. Focusing on the medieval English heresy known as Lollardy, Rita Copeland places heretical and orthodox attitudes to learning in a long historical perspective that reaches back to antiquity. She shows how educational ideologies of ancient lineage left their imprint on the most sharply politicized categories of late medieval culture, and how radical teachers transformed inherited ideas about classrooms and pedagogy as they brought their teaching to adult learners. The pedagogical imperatives of Lollard dissent were also embodied in the work of certain public figures, intellectuals whose dissident careers transformed the social category of the medieval intellectual. Looking closely at the prison narratives of two Lollard preachers, Copeland shows how their writings could serve as examples for their fellow dissidents and forge a new rapport between academic and non-academic communities.


'This very intelligent and densely argued book ... will be of value to any mediaevalist concerned with textuality and interpretation, and to any non-mediaevalist with an interest in rhetoric, hermeneutics or translation.' Medium Aevum '... a definitive and comprehensive study of translation theory and practice in the Middle Ages.' Literature and Theology '... an important work likely to inspire and to frame many discussions of translation in the future ... a work of considerable learning, fine discrimination, and critical ambition.' The Times Higher Education Supplement This is an extremely valuable book, thought-provoking for anyone interested in the medieval manners of text-production. James J. Murphy, Manuscripta excellent account of the development of translation and rhetoric and their relation to literature up to the fifteenth century....essential reading for anybody interested in medieval vernacular translation. Its marshalling of evidence is comprehensive, and it zeroes in on what is important. It also gives a clear story about what went on and about the literary forces under which the techniques described developed....Ultimately the major value of the book lies in the questions it poses, for it has that most important characteristic of any book that claims to be innovative: the courage to ask questions, to answer them by carefully gathered evidence, and in so doing to shake established theories and habits of thought. L. G. Kelly, Allegorica Rita Copeland is an extraordinary thinker. In an interpretative tour de force, she does nothing less in [this book] than to demonstrate and explain the cultural circumstances in which a concept of literary originality is a book that must be read, and by a large public. It is so learned, so compelling, and so challenging that it will surely become required reading, not only for medievalists, classicists, and historians of rhetoric (its most obvious audiences), but for linguists, philosophers, translators, and, indeed, for all who are interested in the ideological and practical foundations of the very practices in which we engage. Rhetoric Society Quarterly ...exciting to read....[Copeland] is clearly well-read in theory, and she plies the complicating analytical perspectives of recent theorists (especially Roman Jakobson's now-canonical metaphor/metonomy opposition and the hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer and Paul Ricoeur) with a good deal of suppleness....She is clearly a formidable authority on the traditions she explores....Ph.D. students in medieval studies, and generally anyone looking for research topics in the field, would do well to comb her book carefully, as she generates exciting avenues for scholarly exploration on every page....[M]edieval literature and criticism will be transformed by Rita Copeland. Douglas Robinson, Canadian Review of Comparative Literature



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