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Lives of the great languages. Arabic and Latin in the Medieval Mediterranean.

Author: Karla Mallette
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press 2021.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
In this ambitious book, Karla Mallette studies the nature and behaviors of the medieval cosmopolitan languages of learning-classical Arabic and medieval Latin-as they crossed the Mediterranean. Through anecdotes of relationships among writers, compilers, translators, commentators, and copyists, Mallette tells a complex story about the transmission of knowledge in the period before the emergence of a national  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karla Mallette
ISBN: 9780226795904 022679590X
OCLC Number: 1286804252
Description: 264 p.
Contents: Part I: Group Portrait with LanguageChapter 1: A Poetics of the Cosmopolitan LanguageChapter 2: My TongueChapter 3: A Cat May Look at a KingPart II: Space, Place, and the Cosmopolitan LanguageChapter 4: Territory / Frontiers / RoutesChapter 5: TracksChapter 6: Tribal RugsPart III: Translation and TimeChapter 7: The Soul of a New LanguageChapter 8: On First Looking into Matta's AristotleChapter 9: "I Became a Fable"Chapter 10: A Spy in the House of LanguagePart IV: Beyond the Cosmopolitan LanguageChapter 11: SilenceChapter 12: The Shadow of LatinityChapter 13: Life WritingAcknowledgmentsNotesBibliographyIndex
Responsibility: Karla Mallette.


The story of how Latin and Arabic spread across the Mediterranean to create a cosmopolitan world of letters.  Read more...


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