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The Legitimacy of the Middle Ages free pdf This collection of essays argues that any valid theory of the modern should - indeed must - reckon with the medieval. Offering a much needed correction to theorists such as Hans Blumenberg who, in his Legitimacy of the Modern Age, describes the 'modern age', including the present, as a complete departure from the Middle Ages, these essays forcefully show that thinkers from Theodor Adorno to Slavoj i ek have repeatedly drawn from medieval source materials to theorize modernity. In "The Legitimacy of the Middle Ages", modernists and medievalists, as well as scholars specializing in eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century comparative literature, offer a new history of theory and philosophy, with essays on 'secularization' and periodization, Karl Marx's (medieval) theory of commodity fetishism, Martin Heidegger's scholasticism, and Adorno's nominalist aesthetics. Where one essay illustrates the workings of medieval mysticism in the work of Freud's most famous patient, Daniel Paul Schreber, author of "Memoirs of My Nervous Illness" (1903), another looks at Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri's "Empire", a theoretical synthesis whose conscientious medievalism was the subject of much polemic in the post-9/11 era, in which premodernity itself was perceived as a threat to western values. The collection concludes with an afterword by Fredric Jameson, a theorist of postmodernism who has engaged with the medieval throughout his career.

About Andrew Cole

Andrew Cole is Associate Professor of English at Princeton University. He is the author of Literature and Heresy in the Age of Chaucer. D. Vance Smith is Professor of English at Princeton University. He is the author of Arts of Possession: The Middle English Household Imaginary and The Book of the Incipit: Beginnings in the Fourteenth Century.

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Author : Andrew Cole
Publisher : Duke University Press
Data Published : 01 April 2010
ISBN : 0822346443
EAN : 9780822346449
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 296 pages
Age + : 18 years
Language : English
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