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dc.contributor.authorPowell, Morgan
dc.date.accessioned2021-07-08T11:25:43Z
dc.date.available2021-07-08T11:25:43Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifierONIX_20210708_9781641893770_7
dc.identifier.urihttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/49791
dc.description.abstractThe twelfth century witnessed the birth of modern Western European literary tradition: major narrative works appeared in both French and in German, founding a literary culture independent of the Latin traditions of the church and Roman Antiquity. What gave rise to the sudden interest in and legitimization of literature in these “vulgar tongues?” Until now, the answer has centered on the somewhat nebulous role of new female readers. Powell argues that this explanation is neither adequately documented nor sufficient to its object; and more importantly, a different appraisal of the same evidence offers a window onto something far more momentous: not “women readers” but instead a reading act conceived of as female lies behind the polysemic identification of women as the audience of new media in the twelfth century. This woman is at the center of a re-conception of Christian knowing, a veritable revolution in the mediation of knowledge and truth. By following this figure through detailed readings of key early works, Powell unveils a surprise, a new poetics of the body meant to embrace the capacities of new audiences and viewers of medieval literature and visual art.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::D Literature & literary studies
dc.subject.otherLiteracy
dc.subject.othergender
dc.subject.othermedieval
dc.subject.otherromance
dc.subject.otherreligious instruction
dc.subject.othervernacular literature
dc.subject.otherfiction
dc.titleGender, Reading, and Truth in the Twelfth Century
dc.title.alternativeThe Woman in the Mirror
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.17302/MMC-9781641893770
oapen.relation.isPublishedBye8579ecb-7a9a-49c1-9777-413adf1559c9
oapen.relation.isFundedBy07f61e34-5b96-49f0-9860-c87dd8228f26
oapen.relation.isbn9781641893770
oapen.collectionSwiss National Science Foundation (SNF)
oapen.grant.number10BP12_189738
oapen.grant.programOpen Access Books
oapen.grant.projectThe Woman in the Mirror: Gender, Reading and Truth in the Twelfth Century


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