Medieval Textual Cultures: Agents of Transmission, by Faith Wallis, Robert Wisnovsky

By Faith Wallis, Robert Wisnovsky

Knowing how medieval textual cultures engaged with the historical past of antiquity (transmission and translation) relies on spotting that reception is an artistic cultural act (transformation). those essays specialise in the folks, societies and associations who have been doing the transmitting, translating, and remodeling -- the "agents". the subject material levels from drugs to astronomy, literature to magic, whereas the cultural context encompasses Islamic and Jewish societies, in addition to Byzantium and the Latin West. What unites those stories is their cognizance to the methodological and conceptual demanding situations of pondering service provider. now not each agent acted with an time table, and time table have been occasionally pushed by means of instant wishes or spiritual concerns that whereas compelling to the actors, are extra opaque to us. What does it suggest to assert textual content turns into “available” for transmission or translation? And why do a little texts, as soon as transmitted, fail to thrive of their new milieu? This assortment therefore issues towards a extra refined “ecology” of transmission, the place not just participants and groups of people, but in addition social areas and native cultures, act because the brokers of cultural creativity.

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