Authorship And Publicity Before Print Hardback

Jean Gerson and the Transformation of Late Medieval Learning

by Daniel Hobbins;

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Authorship And Publicity Before Print

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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 de fine 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 at a time 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 con fines 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.

Authorship And Publicity Before Print by Daniel Hobbins was published by University Of Pennsylvania Press in June 2009. The ISBN for Authorship And Publicity Before Print is 9780812241556.

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Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherUniversity Of Pennsylvania Press (June 2009)
Number of Pages348
Thickness23 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code1920979
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