Openness in Medieval Europe

Ed. by Manuele Gragnolati
Almut Suerbaum
Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2022
ISBN 978-3-96558-031-2 | Hardcover | 32 EUR | vi, 356 pp. | 22.9 cm x 15.2 cm
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This volume challenges the persistent association of the Middle Ages with closure and fixity. Bringing together a range of disciplines and perspectives, it identifies and uncovers forms of openness which are often obscured by modern assumptions, and demonstrates how they coexist with, or even depend upon, enclosure and containment in paradoxical and unexpected ways. Explored through notions such as porosity, vulnerability, exposure, unfinishedness, and inclusivity, openness turns out to permeate medieval culture, unsettling boundaries, binaries, and clear-cut distinctions.

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Title
Openness in Medieval Europe
Editor(s)
Manuele Gragnolati
Almut Suerbaum
Identifier
Description
This volume challenges the persistent association of the Middle Ages with closure and fixity. Bringing together a range of disciplines and perspectives, it identifies and uncovers forms of openness which are often obscured by modern assumptions, and demonstrates how they coexist with, or even depend upon, enclosure and containment in paradoxical and unexpected ways. Explored through notions such as porosity, vulnerability, exposure, unfinishedness, and inclusivity, openness turns out to permeate medieval culture, unsettling boundaries, binaries, and clear-cut distinctions.
Is Part Of
Place
Berlin
Publisher
ICI Berlin Press
Date
April 19, 2022
Number in Series
23
Subject
cultural inquiry
medieval culture
openness
porosity
vulnerability
subjectivity
textuality
community
enclosure
containment
Rights
© by the author(s)
Except for images or otherwise noted, this publication is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Language
en-GB
short title
Openness in Medieval Europe
number of pages
vi, 356
Table Of Contents
Introduction: Medieval Openness | MANUELE GRAGNOLATI and ALMUT SUERBAUM | 1–21
I. TEXTS
An Interminable Work? The Openness of Augustine’s Confessions | FRANCESCO GIUSTI | 23–43
What Was Open in/about Early Scholastic Thought? | PHILIPPA BYRNE | 45–64
Speech-Wrangling: Shutting Up and Shutting Out the Oral Tradition in Some Icelandic Sagas | BRIAN MCMAHON | 65–84
Interrupted and Unfinished: The Open-Ended Dante of the Commedia | NICOLÒ CRISAFI | 85–102
Medieval Denmark and its Languages: The Case for a More Open Literary Historiography | ALASTAIR MATTHEWS | 103–23
II. EXPERIENCE AND SUBJECTIVITY
Merlin’s Open Mind: Madness, Prophecy, and Poetry in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Vita Merlini | MONIKA OTTER | 127–43
Enclosure and Exposure: Locating the ‘House without Walls’ | ANNIE SUTHERLAND | 145–67
Unlikely Matter: The Open and the Nomad in The Book of Margery Kempe and the Middle English Christina Mirabilis | JOHANNES WOLF | 169–89
Including the Excluded: Strategies of Opening Up in Late Medieval Religious Writing | ALMUT SUERBAUM | 191–208
Openness and Intensity: Petrarch’s Becoming Laurel in Rerum vulgarium fragmenta 23 and 228 | MANUELE GRAGNOLATI and FRANCESCA SOUTHERDEN | 209–24
III. COMMUNITY
Highest Openness: On Agamben’s Promise | DAMIANO SACCO | 227–48
The Monastic Enclosure | BENJAMIN THOMPSON | 249–69
The Openness of the Enclosed Convent: Evidence from the Lüne Letter Collection | EDMUND WAREHAM | 271–88
The Book Half Open: Humanist Friendship in Holbein’s Portrait of Hermann von Wedigh III | OREN MARGOLIS | 289–310
has manifestation
ISBN 978-3-96558-031-2 | Hardcover | 32 EUR | vi, 356 pp. | 22.9 cm x 15.2 cm
ISBN 978-3-96558-032-9 | Paperback | 17 EUR | vi, 356 pp. | 22.9 cm x 15.2 cm
ISBN 978-3-96558-033-6 | PDF | Open Access | 5 MB
ISBN 978-3-96558-034-3 | EPUB | Open Access | 4 MB