Edited by Robert M. Stein and Sandra Pierson Prior
“Reading Medieval Culture gathers an all-star collection of scholars who have written essays that are not only grounded in sound scholarship, but also are important contributions to medieval studies. This is the kind of collection one does not often encounter: capacious enough to challenge all of its readers to new insights about the Middle Ages and to present new ways of examining materials that in many cases had begun to seem too familiar.” –Jeffrey Cohen, George Washington University
This collection of original essays honors the influential work of Robert W. Hanning. Contributors cover a wide range of fields within medieval studies, from Anglo-Saxon England to twelfth-century European intellectual culture, and from Chaucer’s age to nineteenth- and twentieth-century medievalism, including a rich section on Italian Renaissance humanism and visual art.
Drawing from a variety of primary sources, the essays in this volume are united in their emphases on the complex ways in which these sources are situated in their own time, mediated historically through other texts and other readers, and read within the context of contemporary social questions and disciplinary structures. This collection will be appreciated by all scholars and students of medieval studies.
Contributors: Robert M. Stein, Sandra Pierson Prior, Nicholas Howe, Monika Otter, Sarah Spence, Charlotte Gross, Nancy F. Partner, H. Marshall Leicester, Christopher Baswell, Suzanne Conklin Akbari, Peter W. Travis, Margaret Pappano, William Askins, George D. Economou, Elizabeth Robertson, Laura L. Howes, John M. Ganim, Sealy Gilles, Sylvia Tomasch, Warren Ginsberg, Joan M. Ferrante, Joseph A. Dane, and David Rosand.
“Reading Medieval Culture does what a good festschrift ought to do. First and foremost, it honors the distinguished career of its dedicatee, Robert M. Hanning. . . . a brief survey cannot begin to do justice to a volume that engages so many current debates in medieval studies. Readers will find this volume stimulating, whether they read it from cover to cover or simply sample it.” — Arthuriana
“The 20 essays in this festschrift mirror the broad scholarly interests of Robert Hanning, whose career of studying texts and writing has influenced medieval scholarship in many ways. . . . The essays are delightful. . . .” — Catholic Library World
“A scholarly compilation, with individual essays offering numerous quotes, and sources, for evidence of medieval thought and way of life, Reading Medieval Culture is a welcome contribution….”— Midwest Book Review
“The breadth and variety of this volume pay tribute to the influential, diverse, and copious work of Robert W. Hanning in English and comparative medieval literature. The essays are all newly commissioned, and range from the Anglo-Saxon period to the late fourteenth century, across a number of genres, languages, and cultures.” — Medium Ævum
“This volume of essays marks Robert Hanning’s sixty-fifth birthday and retirement from Columbia University, with twenty articles on topics linked to strands of his work. . . . This is a volume to dip into; but the articles certainly attest the breadth and influence of the dedicatee’s work.” — The Heythrop Journal
“The editors of this volume properly stress the broad range of its contents, but there is also an underlying theme to the essays, just as there is to the work of Robert Hanning himself. It is the attention paid to the cultural circumstances of medieval writers and artists and twentieth-century critics, the desire to locate works in their contexts, that brings these critics together and makes this a fitting tribute.” — Journal of English and Germanic Philology