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"The social and cultural history of Byzantium seems at first sight unsuited to the kind of thick description at which Natalie Zemon Davis excels. Yet recent scholarship that aims... Read more
"The social and cultural history of Byzantium seems at first sight unsuited to the kind of thick description at which Natalie Zemon Davis excels. Yet recent scholarship that aims to locate Byzantine culture and society within new global and transnationalapproaches to history demands a more nuanced understanding. In these lectures she will explore the question of what kind of thick description can be provided. She will focus on the long twelfth century, a time of intense creativity as well as of rising tensions, and one for which literary approaches are currently a lively area in current scholarship. She will argue for their integration within a broader approach to Byzantine social and cultural history focusing on discourse, and drawing on the many kindsof dialogue texts (secular and religious) that were a key feature of Byzantine textual production"--From publisher's website.
Arguing it Out Paperback edition by Averil Cameron
Tertullian is a primary source for a modern understanding of the issues that once confronted - and still confront - Christians living in a non-Christian world. This volume undertakes a judicious pruning of the original texts and brings an accessibility to the important writings of Tertullian.
The masterpieces of medieval Spanish literature have come to be known and loved across the world. But the illuminations with which the original manuscripts were illustrated have remained almost totally unknown. To redress this neglect, two noted scholars here present a generous selection from this great visual treasury including many examples never before reproduced.
The poetry written by the Japanese imperial court between A.D. 550 and 1350 is regarded as one of the great literatures of the world. This volume introduces readers to that literature, offering at once a condensation, a reorganization, and an extension (to A.D. 1500) of "Japanese Court Poetry" (1901). (Poetry)
Basho (1644-94) is perhaps the best known Japanese poet in both Japan and the West, and this book establishes the ground for badly needed critical discussion of this critical figure by placing the works of Basho and his disciples in the context of broader social change.
In his sixth-century work known as the ""De hebdomadibus,"" Boethius (ca. 480-524) poses the question of how created things or substances can be good just as they are without being the same as the source of all goodness, God. The introduction provides a background to understanding Boethius' views.
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