The implications of literacy : written language and models of interpretation in the eleventh and twelfth centuries

Brian Stock

This book explores the influence of literacy on eleventh and twelfth-century life and thought on social organization, on the criticism of ritual and symbol, on the rise of empirical attitudes, on the relationship between language and reality, and on the broad interaction between ideas and society. Medieval and early modern literacy, Brian Stock argues, did not simply supercede oral discourse but created a new type of interdependence between the oral and the written. If, on the surface, medieval culture was largely oral, texts nonetheless emerged as a reference system both for everyday activities and for giving shape to larger vehicles of interpretation. Even when texts were not actually present, people often acted and behaved as if they were. The book uses methods derived from anthropology, from literary theory, and from historical research, and is divided into five chapters. The first treats the growth and shape of medieval literacy itself. The other four look afresh at some of the period's major issues--heresy, reform, the eucharistic controversy, the thought of Anselm, Abelard, and St. Bernard, together with the interpretation of contemporary experience--in the light of literacy's development. The study concludes that written language was the chief integrating instrument for diverse cultural achievements.

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書名 The implications of literacy : written language and models of interpretation in the eleventh and twelfth centuries
著作者等 Stock, Brian
出版元 Princeton University Press
刊行年月 c1983
ページ数 x, 604 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0691102279
0691053685
NCID BA0347650X
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国
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