Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture

Medieval Institute Publications publishes a series of edited collections, Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture, and a sister monograph series, Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture. The series were originally inspired by themes drawn from the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo. From 2016 the series explicitly opened themselves up to publications that wholly or partially focus on the early modern world. Hence the series titles changed from "... in Medieval Culture" to "... in Medieval and Early Modern Culture".

series introduction

Humanities research plays a vital role in contemporary civic life and offers human and humane insights into today’s greatest challenges. Even so, the place of the humanities in education, in popular discourse, in politics, and in business is increasingly in question. Medieval Institute Publications is proud to take a stand for the humanities. We are committed to the expansion of humanistic study, inquiry, and discourse inside and outside of the university. We believe that humanities research should progress boldly, keeping pace with technological innovation, globalization, and democratization. We value a variety of established, new, and diverse voices in humanities research. We provide a platform for high-quality research that explores what it means and has meant to be human across cultures, continents, and eras.

Research into the premodern world offers complex understandings of how cultural ideas, traditions, and practices are constructed, transferred, and disseminated among different agents and regions. Knowledge of the premodern past, in particular, helps us to contextualize contemporary debates about identity, integration, political legitimacy, creativity, and cultural dynamics. Understanding what it meant to be human in the premodern world is essential to understanding our present moment and our future trajectories. Current innovations in humanities research, employing digital tools for preservation, representation, and analysis, require us to return again to the earliest sources of our shared past, in the media and mentalities of the premodern world.

This series provides a space for exploring what it has meant to be human through the ages, using literary, historical, and material sources and by employing innovative, popular, or interdisciplinary approaches. It can explore themes in and across the late-antique, medieval, and early modern periods on:

• Popular life – mundane, everyday, non-elite, vernacular, democratic
• Human emotions – love and hatred, beauty and disgust, etc.
• Human experience; definitions of “humanity” – strife and struggle, self-expression, personal achievement; living in community; survival in “natural” and built / engineered environments

Publications are typically interdisciplinary and "edgy", in the sense of being cutting edge, or crossing disciplinary, geographical, or chronological boundaries.

Submissions

Proposals or completed projects to be considered for publication should be sent either to Shannon Cunningham, acquisitions editor for projects that fall into the medieval period, or to Erika Gaffney, acquisitions editor for projects that fall into the early modern period. For other inquiries, please consult Simon Forde, director. Since the scope of the series is so broad, the press identifies evaluators on a case by case basis before any formal commitment is made to the author. Further, all submitted manuscripts are subject to peer review from an independent expert chosen by the press.

 

publications

Authority of Images / Images of Authority
Shaping Political and Cultural Identities in the Pre-Modern World

Edited by Karen L. Fresco

Focusing on language's political power, these essays discuss how representation, through language norms, plays and spectacles, manipulations and adaptations of texts and images, both constitutes and reflects a cultural milieu.

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Renaissance Retrospections: Tudor Views of the Middle Ages

Edited by Sarah A. Kelen

The Middle Ages provided an important, if complex, set of literary and historiographic models for early modern authors, although the early modern authors responded to the alien political, religious, and cultural landscape of medieval England through their more present ideological concerns. From Shakespeare’s manipulation of his medieval source material to Protestant responses to medieval Catholicism, this collection of essays explores the ways that early modern English writers responded to the medieval English literary and historical record, dealing with topics such as historiographic bias, print history, intertextuality and cultural history.

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Malory and Christianity: Essays on Sir Thomas Malory's "Morte Darthur"

Edited by D. Thomas Hanks, Jr., and Janet Jesmok

As Hanks and Jesmok note in their introduction, "pursuing opponents and pursuing love move the [poem's] narrative, but the work's richness comes from its romance and tragic elements: the human quest for maturity and fulfillment and those uncontrollable forces that undermine the quest and destroy the dream. Malory's use of myth and magic to explore these themes has received extensive scholarly attention, but his views on and thematic use of Christianity have long needed a closer look."

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"Beowulf" at Kalamazoo: Essays on Translation and Performance

Edited by Jana K. Schulman and Paul E. Szarmach

This volume is a collection of essays designed to capitalize on the success of Seamus Heaney's prize-winning translation of "Beowulf," which bridges the gap between the ivory tower where most who study "Beowulf" reside and lay readers drawn to the poem because of Heaney's reputation, the review in the "New York Times Book Review," the Whitbread Prize for poetry and even perhaps the attractive and eye-catching cover.

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Church and Society in Late Byzantium

Edited by Dimiter G. Angelov

The essays in this collection seek to shed light on various aspects of the church's role in late Byzantine society, especially on the relationship between the church and the lay world and the response of individuals to the challenges faced by Orthodoxy.

Studies in Medieval Culture XLIX, ISBN 978-1-58044-142-1 (clothbound) © 2009 Buy this book

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The English "Loathly Lady" Tales: Boundaries, Traditions, Motifs

Edited by S. Elizabeth Passmore and Susan Carter

This volume concentrates on the medieval English Loathly Lady tales, written a little later than the Irish tales, and developing the motif as a vehicle for social ideology.
Studies in Medieval Culture XLVIII, Copyright 2007, pp. xx + 276

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The Hands of the Tongue: Essays on Deviant Speech

Edited by Edwin D. Craun

Together the essays present a clear picture of what we know about deviant speech in medieval culture, a picture that has begun to achieve the depth and richness of scholarship on slander in the early modern period, exploring what speech acts can tell us about gender, crime and punishment, agency, ethics and literary craftsmanship.
Studies in Medieval Culture XLVII, Copyright 2007, pp. xviii + 214

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On John Gower: Essays at the Millennium

Edited by R.F. Yeager

The topics addressed in these ten essays also provide grounds of another kind to assess the foci of contemporary Gower studies. As well as place, the political element in Gower's writings has been subject to fruitful recent scrutiny; and again, there are important linkages and overlaps among these essays on such matter too.
Studies in Medieval Culture XLVI, Copyright 2007, pp. x + 242

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New Directions in Boethian Studies

Edited by Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr., and Philip Edward Phillips

As a scholar, senator and consul, whose life was centered in Rome and later in Ravenna, Boethius belonged to two worlds—the world of pagan antiquity and the world of the Christian Middle Ages—and his life and work embody and embrace the spirit of both.
Studies in Medieval Culture XLV, Copyright: 2007, pp. xviii + 294

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Studies on the Personal Name in Later Medieval England and Wales

Edited by Dave Postles and Joel T. Rosenthal

This volume contains collected papers on medieval England’s "names and naming patterns—mostly forenames or Christian names, but with some attention to family names."
Studies in Medieval Culture XLIV, Copyright 2006, pp. xiv + 392

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Personal Names Studies of Medieval Europe: Social Identity and Familial Structures

Edited by George T. Beech, Monique Bourin and Pascal Chareille

This collection of essays is the first published in North America that seeks to describe the methodology and some results of a scholarly enterprise that is hailed in the preface to the volume as "one of the most vibrant, innovative, and productive movements in medieval scholarship at the present time."
Studies in Medieval Culture XLIII, Copyright 2002, pp. xvi + 205

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Marvels, Monsters, and Miracles: Studies in the Medieval and Early Modern Imaginations

Edited by Timothy S. Jones and David A. Sprunger

This collection of essays examines the perceptions of the marvelous and monstrous by the people of medieval and early modern Europe.
Studies in Medieval Culture XLII, Copyright 2002, pp. xxvi + 306

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Closure in "The Canterbury Tales": The Role of The Parson's Tale

Edited by David Raybin and Linda Tarte Holley

This collection of nine essays, plus an extensive bibliography, seeks to reexamine The Parson's Tale and its place in "The Canterbury Tales," especially since so many readers and critics who love Chaucer have found it difficult to love the Parson and what he has to say.
Studies in Medieval Culture XLI, Copyright 2000, pp. xxii + 268

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The Preservation and Transmission of Anglo-Saxon Culture: Selected Papers from the 1991 Meeting of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists

Edited by Paul E. Szarmach and Joel T. Rosenthal

This collection represents most of the papers delivered on the conference theme of the Fifth Meeting (1991) of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, which was the first ISAS meeting in the United States.
Studies in Medieval Culture XL, Copyright 1997, pp. xx + 488

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The Intellectual Climate of the Early University: Essays in Honor of Otto Gründler

Edited by Nancy Van Deusen

A university exists to make known what can only be revealed by consistent, dedicated effort. Ultimately, a university exists in order to understand the things that are hidden from ordinary, casual view. This is a message that is subtly reinforced by all of the articles in this volume.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXXIX, Copyright 1997, pp. x + 219

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Translation Theory and Practice in the Middle Ages

Edited by Jeanette Beer

This volume is a collection of essays derived from a symposium conducted as part of the Twenty-Eighth International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, May 6-9,1993).
Studies in Medieval Culture XXXVIII, Copyright 1997, pp. vi + 282

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Women, Marriage, and Family in Medieval Christendom: Essays in Memory of Michael M. Sheehan, C.S.B.

Edited by Constance M. Rousseau and Joel T. Rosenthal

These essays consider three thematic categories that were dominant in most of Sheehan’s own scholarly work. These are the role, position and contributions of medieval women; the development of Christian marriage, especially in the High Middle Ages; and the secular family with its legal and emotional relationships.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXXVII, Copyright 1998, pp. xx + 431

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The Salt of Common Life: Individuality and Choice in the Medieval Town, Countryside, and Church: Essays Presented to J. Ambrose Raftis

Edited by Edwin Brezette DeWindt

Throughout the career of Ambrose Raftis two themes or convictions have been in evidence: a belief in the fundamental individuality of medieval English men and women and a belief in their ability to make choices.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXXVI, Copyright 1995, pp. xviii + 545

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Translation and the Transmission of Culture between 1300 and 1600

Edited by Jeanette Beer and Kenneth Lloyd-Jones

"Translation and the Transmission of Culture between 1300 and 1600" is a companion volume to "Medieval Translators and Their Craft" (Medieval Institute Publications, 1989) and, like "Medieval Translators," its aim is to provide the modern reader with a deeper understanding of the early centuries of translation in France.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXXV, Copyright 1995, pp. xii + 358

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The "Other Tuscany": Essays in the History of Lucca, Pisa, and Siena during the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Centuries

Edited by Thomas W. Blomquist and Maureen F. Mazzaoui

The papers in this volume are designed to offer non-Italian scholars a representative sample of current European research and a summary of recent debates regarding the historical evolution of those republics that posed the most formidable obstacles to the extension of Florentine hegemony.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXXIV, Copyright 1994, pp. vi + 233

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The Centre and Its Compass: Studies in Medieval Literature in Honor of Professor John Leyerle

Edited by Robert A. Taylor, James F. Burke, Patricia J. Eberle, Ian Lancashire and Brian S. Merrilees

All medievalists in North America, and many beyond, owe a great debt to John Leyerle. As teacher, scholar and administrator, John has been a leader in the rise and renewal of medieval studies on this continent in the past thirty years.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXXIII, Copyright 1993, pp. xii + 474

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Heroic Poetry in the Anglo-Saxon Period: Studies in Honor of Jess B. Bessinger, Jr.

Edited by Helen Damico and John Leyerle

The essays, plus two poems and a bibliography, are gathered to honor Jess B. Bessinger, Jr., whose innovative studies of heroic poetry have instructed a generation of scholars and whose performances of Anglo-Saxon poems are legendary.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXXII, Copyright 1993, pp. xxx + 437

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The Uses of Manuscripts in Literary Studies: Essays in Memory of Judson Boyce Allen

Edited by Charlotte C. Morse, Penelope R. Doob and Marjorie C. Woods

Judson Boyce Allen loved his work and encouraged other scholars by his enthusiasm for theirs. He had an unusually wide range of interests, from the specialized study of manuscripts through the interpretation of particular literary texts to the broadest issues of literary theory.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXXI, Copyright 1992, pp. xviii + 338

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Journeys toward God: Pilgrimage and Crusade

Edited by Barbara N. Sargent-Baur

The essays explore [t]he interconnectedness of pilgrimage and crusade, and the central role of these enterprises for the history of European society and thought.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXX, Copyright 1992, pp. xii + 229

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Rebels and Rivals: The Contestive Spirit in "The Canterbury Tales"

Edited by Susanna Greer Fein, David Raybin and Peter C. Braeger; Foreword by Derek Pearsall

Established scholars will enjoy the versatility and incisiveness of much of the reading in these essays, even though they may be heard muttering stifled oaths from time to time. New readers will relish the combativeness and assurance, the readiness to try out new ideas.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXIX, Copyright 1991, pp. xxiv + 269

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Law, Custom and the Social Fabric in Medieval Europe: Essays in Honor of Bryce Lyon

Edited, with an appreciation, by Bernard S. Bachrach and David Nicholas

The breadth of articles contained in this volume reflects the breadth of Bryce Lyon’s scholarly interests. Topics include marriage rules as they relate to women and incest, Bernard of Clairvaux, Henry I and executions in late medieval Paris. This collection honors Bryce Lyon and his considerable impact on medieval studies as a whole.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXVIII, Copyright 1990, pp. xxvi + 304

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De Ore Domini: Preacher and Word in the Middle Ages

Edited by Thomas L. Amos, Eugene A. Green and Beverly Mayne Kienzle

This volume grew out of sessions on medieval preaching and sermons at the International Congress on Medieval Studies. Consisting of thirteen essays, each a chapter in the history of preaching, it presents a diverse selection of historical periods, methodologies and audiences. It covers a broad timeframe, the 700s to 1511, and includes work on figures ranging from Bede to Ramon Llull. This book serves to suggest a solution to the lack of a general history of medieval preaching: that perhaps the next great history will be written by a team of scholars with diverse specialties. This volume serves as a step towards that lofty goal.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXVII, Copyright 1989, pp. xiv + 269

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John Gower, Recent Readings

Edited by R. F. Yeager

Essays in this volume, unpublished elsewhere, and re-written exclusively for this collection, represent a fresh approach to the study of the works of John Gower.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXVI, Copyright 1989, pp. xvi + 366

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Medieval Translators and Their Craft

Edited by Jeanette Beer

The variation and diversity of translation in the Middle Ages is demonstrated by the comparably diverse, wide variety of topics covered in this anthology on medieval translators. The contents are drawn from sessions held at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, and the book covers topics as diverse as vernacular translation, hagiographical translation and translation of scientific volumes (an especially difficult issue in the Middle Ages). An extensive bibliography is included for those who wish to delve further into the topics presented.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXV, Copyright 1989, pp. x + 428

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Romance Epic: Essays on a Medieval Literary Genre

Edited by Hans-Erich Keller

The collection of essays in "Romance Epic" expertly examines the Romance epic as a genre, delving into its ever-changing period, audience and region. The essays span across a wide range of different topics: the specificity of the Romance epic and how well it fits into the genre of epic at all, the structure of the "chansons de geste," school influences on the Old French, the reconstruction of lost "chansons de geste," the evolution of the genre through centuries and topics specific to certain works, such as problems in the Chanson de Roland and the El Cantar de Mio Cid.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXIV, Copyright 1987, pp. xii + 241

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Religion, Culture, and Society in the Early Middle Ages: Studies in Honor of Richard E. Sullivan

Edited by Thomas F.X. Noble and John J. Contreni

Essays in this volume explore wide-ranging topics: from Constantinople, cloistered women, popes and holy images, kingship, pastoral care and pilgrimages to the works or lives of Sidonius Apollinaris, Gregory of Tours, John Damascene and Anselm of Havelberg.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXIII, Copyright 1987, pp. xx + 256

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The Medieval Tradition of Natural Law

Edited by Harold J. Johnson

This anthology aims to “add flesh to the bones and the supplements, reservations, and alternatives for a deeper understanding” of the tradition of natural law throughout the medieval period. It runs contrary to the opinion so commonly held since the Renaissance, that any tradition deemed “medieval” has little or even nothing to offer to contemporary needs and interests. The essays contained herein put to bed such a notion with fresh and interesting takes on Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, natural law in the traditions of Golden Age Spain and more.
Studies in Medieval Culture XXII, Copyright 1987, pp. viii + 211

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Classical Rhetoric and Medieval Historiography

Edited by Ernst Breisach

While the study of rhetoric has received a much-needed revival dating from about 1945, historical writing “was not a favored object of scrutiny among the many studies of rhetoric’s influence on medieval literature, education, and preaching” (from the introduction). By 1978, some scholars had resolved to rectify this problem, and organized sessions at the thirteenth International Congress on Medieval Studies. This volume stands as a selection of works presented there, helping to “fortify the strength of interest and inquiry directed toward rhetoric’s symbiosis with historiography in centuries past” (from the introduction).
Studies in Medieval Culture XIX, Copyright 1985, pp. vi + 237

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Archaeological Approaches to Medieval Europe

Edited by Kathleen Biddick

This volume celebrates the coming of age of historical archaeology, of which medieval archaeology is a subdiscipline. The papers collected are striking for their diversity of approaches and subject matter. They reflect the spirit of an open area excavation where specialists from many disciplines with diverging methodologies meet and work side by side. No paper is specifically devoted to an excavation report, although the majority of contributors made use of data from such reports. The collection is intended primarily as a sampler, but a thematic unity emerges around the potential of archaeological approaches to contribute to a political ecology of the medieval period. The volume is an indispensable offering for archaeologists and historians of the Middle Ages seeking an appraisal of the state of the young discipline of medieval archaeology.
Studies in Medieval Culture XVIII, Copyright 1984, pp. x + 301

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Vernacular Poetics in the Middle Ages

Edited by Lois Ebin

This volume deals with the attitudes and assumptions about vernacular poetry from the eleventh to the fifteenth century. In contrast to most previous studies, the essays consider not only the formal poetics but, more importantly, the self-conscious examination of poetry which is increasingly evident in the poems themselves in this period as writers turn from Latin to the imperfect, mutable language of the vernacular. Scholars considering the major European vernaculars and the development of vernacular poetics will take great interest in this collection of essays that range from broad surveys of the changing conceptions of poetry to close studies of the emerging literary languages in France, Germany, Italy, England and Scotland and the significant contributions of individual poets.
Studies in Medieval Culture XVI, Copyright 1984, pp. xvi + 293

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Vox Feminae: Studies in Medieval Woman's Songs

Edited by John F. Plummer

It is the artistic use of the female voice (as role, "persona," or rhetorical stance) in particular lyrical traditions or by particular poets, that is of interest here. Woman’s songs are found in all parts and periods of medieval Europe; the study of medieval woman’s song is primarily the study of the image of a voice. This is not an attempt to completely cover the field but to offer an introduction and guide to those who are not familiar with woman’s song, and a stimulation to those who are.
Studies in Medieval Culture XV, Copyright 1981, pp. viii + 223

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