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Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of French, Italian and Classical Languages. (Sapientiaprojektet)
2009 (English)In: Sapientia et eloquentia: meaning and function in liturgical  poetry, music, drama and biblical commentary in the Middle Ages / [ed] Gunilla Iversen and Nicolas Bell, Turnhout: Brepols , 2009, 1-7 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In a number of interrelated case studies of earlier unexplored poetic and musical material dating from the ninth through the thirteenth centuries, the scholars explore and shed further light on changes in functions and forms in poetry, particularly in liturgical poetry, and in medieval interpretations of this poetry and music.

The present volume thrusts the reader into the intellectual turmoil of the period in medieval Europe that is often characterized by Peter Abelard and his controversies with contemporary authorities. Although the earlier part of the twelfth century remains the focus of the book, this should not be taken as a clearly delimited period. Many of the phenomena dealt with had roots in earlier times and did by no means end with the 'high Middle Ages'.

In several articles, the poetical heritage of the Carolingian environment of the palace school of Charles the Bald is examined – a poetic before the poetics, the place and function of music in the liturgical context, to name but two subjects that are treated. With the twelfth century, the ideas developed during the preceding centuries finally took a more institutional shape; in the present book, we see this phenomenon represented in Peter Abelards hymnary for the Paraclete, ritual representations and liturgical drama, in commentaries to biblical poetry, such as the Glossa ordinaria to Lamentations. Finally, the interpretation and understanding of musical texts,  exemplified by the view on Boethius’ De Musica and the new literary genre represented by commentaries to Sequences  in the later middle ages give the volume a final touch and tie its end again to the beginning.



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Turnhout: Brepols , 2009. 1-7 p.
, Disputatio, ISSN 1781-7048 ; 11
Keyword [en]
9th century, 11th century, 12th century, commentaries, poetry, drama
Keyword [la]
figura, catulus leonis, sacra pagina, Alleluia, fictiones, de institutione musica
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-36523ISBN: 978-2-503-52057-5OAI: diva2:289569
Available from: 2010-01-25 Created: 2010-01-25 Last updated: 2011-10-25Bibliographically approved

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