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History in the Comic Mode
Author: Rachel Fulton Brown

ISBN: 9780231133685
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 22 March 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5 x 3.0
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In this groundbreaking collection, twenty-one prominent medievalists discuss continuity and change in ideas of personhood and community and argue for the viability of the comic mode in the study and recovery of history. These scholars approach their sources not from a particular ideological viewpoint but with an understanding that all topics, questions, and explanations are viable. They draw on a variety of sources in Latin, Arabic, French, German, Middle English, and more, and employ a range of theories and methodologies, always keeping in mind that environments are inseparable from the making of the people who inhabit them and that these people are in part constituted by and understood in terms of their communities.

Essays feature close readings of both familiar and lesser known materials, offering provocative interpretations of John of Rupescissa's alchemy; the relationship between the living and the saintly dead in Bernard of Clairvaux's sermons; the nomenclature of heresy in the early eleventh century; the apocalyptic visions of Robert of UzA]s; Machiavelli's "De principatibus"; the role of "demotic religiosity" in econom...

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