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Philology's vomit : an essay on the immortality and corporeality of texts

Author: Sarah Kay
Publisher: Zürich : Chronos, [2017]. ©2017
Series: Mediävistische Perspektiven, 5.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This essay considers philology from the standpoint of its recent reinvention as a theoretical discipline, reflecting in particular on how corporeal insistence and immortal significance compete for priority in the philological study of texts. It takes as its guiding thread the episode in Martianus Capella's Marriage of Philology and Mercury in which Philology, touched by Immortality, vomits up books which are then  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Named Person: Martianus Capella.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Kay
ISBN: 9783034014274 3034014279
OCLC Number: 1012941348
Description: 86 pages : 17 color illustrations ; 20 cm
Series Title: Mediävistische Perspektiven, 5.
Responsibility: Sarah Kay.

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"This essay considers philology from the standpoint of its recent reinvention as a theoretical discipline, reflecting in particular on how corporeal insistence and immortal significance compete for priority in the philological study of texts. It takes as its guiding thread the episode in Martianus Capella's Marriage of Philology and Mercury in which Philology, touched by Immortality, vomits up books which are then appropriated by the Muses and the liberal arts for use in their teaching. This episode's combination of visceral physicality with the promise of immortality invites comparison with concerns current among philologists today, such as "material" and "queer" philology, the extent to which manuscript culture is legible, and the nature of textual production and reproduction. Reactions to this passage dating from the seventh to the twenty-first centuries show both how these concerns have been addressed historically, and how Martianus's portrayal of Philology is relevant to the theorization of philology today"--Page [4] of cover.

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