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Authorship and Publicity Before Print: Jean Gerson and the Transformation of Late Medieval Learning (Middle Ages)

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Widely recognized by contemporaries as the most powerful theologian of his generation, Jean Gerson (1363-1429) dominated the stage of western Europe during a time of plague, fratricidal war, and religious schism. Yet modern scholarship has struggled to define Gerson's place in history, even as it searches for a compelling narrative to tell the story of his era.Daniel Hobbins argues for a new understanding of Gerson as a man of letters actively managing the publication of his works in a period of rapid expansion in written culture. More broadly, Hobbins casts Gerson as a mirror of the complex cultural and intellectual shifts of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. In contrast to earlier theologians, Gerson took a more humanist approach to reading and to authorship. He distributed his works, both Latin and French, to a more diverse medieval public. And he succeeded in reaching a truly international audience of readers within his lifetime. Through such efforts, Gerson effectively embodies the aspirations of a generation of writers and intellectuals. Removed from the narrow confines of late scholastic theology and placed into a broad interdisciplinary context, his writings open a window onto the fascinating landscape of fifteenth-century Europe.The picture of late medieval culture that emerges from this study is neither a specter of decaying scholasticism nor a triumphalist narrative of budding humanism and reform. Instead, Hobbins describes a period of creative and dynamic growth, when new attitudes toward writing and debate demanded and eventually produced new technologies of the written word.

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Drawing extensively on recent scholarship into late medieval written culture, Daniel Hobbins argues for a new understanding of Gerson as a man of letters and publicist, and more broadly as a mirror of the cultural and intellectual shifts of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812241556
Author:
Hobbins, Daniel
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Christianity - Catholic
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Gerson, Jean
Subject:
Books and reading -- Europe -- History.
Subject:
Christianity - Catholicism
Series:
Middle Ages
Publication Date:
20090631
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
335
Dimensions:
9.10x5.90x1.40 in. 1.60 lbs.

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