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The Subject Medieval/Modern: Text and Governance in the Middle Ages (Figurae: Reading Medieval Culture)

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Publisher Comments:

This ambitious book presents the most thorough historicist account to date of the development of subjectivity in the medieval period, as traced in medieval literature and historical documentation . Presenting the essence of the modern subject as resting in its subjection to specific historical forms of state power, the author examines literary texts from the Middle Ages that participate in the cultural invention of the subject. Overall, The Subject Medieval/Modern makes a remarkable case for the relevance of studying the Middle Ages to today's world.

The book examines the constitution of subjects in literary texts as the result of the interplay of violence, ideology, and political structures as an integral part of the process of state-formation between the ninth and the fifteenth centuries. Each text is considered a singular event, a unique, self-reflexive structure modifying conventions in ideological exploration to offer performative models of subjectivity. Some texts line up with political evolution, others take a critical distance.

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Haidu, who taught medieval literature and critical theory at Columbia, Yale, Virginia, and Illinois before retiring from UCLA, asserts that a simple binarism of the modern profane against the medieval religiosity is undermined by both sides of the equation, that the modern subject was in fact invented in the Middle Ages and lies along a historical continuum. "A modernity," he writes, "that defines itself by unceasing change in perpetual self-invention projects a 'Middle Ages' that is flatly self-identical under a pall of theological closure. Both images are delusional and ideologically determined." His Marxist study traces the development of subjectivity alongside the development of the state through literature and historical documents.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

“Haidus prose is as elegant as it is electrifying, his interpretations as intricate as they are intriguing, and no resume could hope to do them justice. A must read.”Speculum

“This book revolutionizes contemporary understandings of medieval culture, demonstrates the applicability of medieval texts to modernity, and expands the ways in which literary theory may be applied to texts and contextually criticized.”PEER English: The Journal of New Critical Thinking

Synopsis:

“Haidus prose is as elegant as it is electrifying, his interpretations as intricate as they are intriguing, and no resume could hope to do them justice. A must read.”—Speculum

“This book revolutionizes contemporary understandings of medieval culture, demonstrates the applicability of medieval texts to modernity, and expands the ways in which literary theory may be applied to texts and contextually criticized.”—PEER English: The Journal of New Critical Thinking

About the Author

Peter Haidu taught medieval literature and critical theory at Columbia, Yale, Virginia, and Illinois, before retiring from UCLA. He now lives in Paris. He is the author of Subject of Violence: The Song of Roland and the Birth of the State.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804747448
Author:
Haidu, Peter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Author:
Peter, Haidu
Location:
Stanford, Calif.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
France
Subject:
European - French
Subject:
Literature and society
Subject:
Politics and literature
Subject:
French literature
Subject:
Subjectivity in literature
Subject:
State, The, in literature.
Subject:
France History Medieval period, 987-1515.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Figurae: Reading Medieval Culture
Series Volume:
3140
Publication Date:
20031231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
“Haidus prose is as elegant as it is electrifying, his interpretations as intricate as they are intriguing, and no resume could hope to do them justice. A must read.”Speculum

“This book revolutionizes contemporary understandings of medieval culture, demonstrates the applicability of medieval texts to modernity, and expands the ways in which literary theory may be applied to texts and contextually criticized.”PEER English: The Journal of New Critical Thinking

"Synopsis" by ,
“Haidus prose is as elegant as it is electrifying, his interpretations as intricate as they are intriguing, and no resume could hope to do them justice. A must read.”—Speculum

“This book revolutionizes contemporary understandings of medieval culture, demonstrates the applicability of medieval texts to modernity, and expands the ways in which literary theory may be applied to texts and contextually criticized.”—PEER English: The Journal of New Critical Thinking

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