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Disrupting Categories, 1050-1250

Rethinking the Humanities through Premodern Texts

148 pages
Amsterdam University Press

This study uses a series of medieval texts to address a set of urgent critical issues in Humanities centring on categories of L/literature, history, periodization, languages, and descriptions of script. These categories are inherited from the foundation of modern disciplines and fields of study, superimposed on what could be more flexible modes of scholarship. They are reinforced by modern academics in ways that hinder nuance, intellectual nimbleness, and new interpretative possibilities. Readers and researchers of English Language, Literature, Book Historical/Media Studies, and History are obliged by delimiting labels to navigate problematic foundational approaches and sources that confine and frustrate scholarly investigation. Through a series of cogent case studies, all situated from 1050 to 1250, the book highlights how restrictive and hierarchical modern scholarly categories can sometimes be.

Author Bio
Elaine Treharne ===============

Elaine Treharne is Roberta Bowman Denning Professor of Humanities and Professor of English at Stanford University, where she teaches medieval literature and manuscript studies, and directs Stanford Text Technologies. She has published over thirty books on medieval literature.