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Copyright

Jan M. Ziolkowski

Published On

2018-06-11

ISBN

Paperback978-1-78374-433-6
Hardback978-1-78374-434-3
PDF978-1-78374-435-0
HTML978-1-80064-551-6
XML978-1-78374-570-8
EPUB978-1-78374-436-7
MOBI978-1-78374-437-4

Language

  • English

Print Length

406 pages (viii + 398)

Dimensions

Paperback178 x 28 x 254 mm(7" x 1.1" x 10")
Hardback178 x 32 x 254 mm(7" x 1.25" x 10")

Weight

Paperback2085g (73.55oz)
Hardback2573g (90.76oz)

Media

Illustrations153

OCLC Number

1041479257

LCCN

2020376768

BIC

  • ACK
  • JFHF
  • D

BISAC

  • LIT022000
  • LIT011000
  • LIT025040

LCC

  • PQ1534.T5

Keywords

  • The Juggler of Notre Dame
  • Middle Ages
  • reception studies
  • Modernity
  • medieval studies
  • medievalism
  • philology
  • literary history
  • art history
  • folklore
  • performance studies
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The Juggler of Notre Dame and the Medievalizing of Modernity

Volume 1: The Middle Ages

This ambitious and vivid study in six volumes explores the journey of a single, electrifying story, from its first incarnation in a medieval French poem through its prolific rebirth in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Juggler of Notre Dame tells how an entertainer abandons the world to join a monastery, but is suspected of blasphemy after dancing his devotion before a statue of the Madonna in the crypt; he is saved when the statue, delighted by his skill, miraculously comes to life. Jan Ziolkowski tracks the poem from its medieval roots to its rediscovery in late nineteenth-century Paris, before its translation into English in Britain and the United States. The visual influence of the tale on Gothic revivalism and vice versa in America is carefully documented with lavish and inventive illustrations, and Ziolkowski concludes with an examination of the explosion of interest in The Juggler of Notre Dame in the twentieth century and its place in mass culture today. The Juggler of Notre Dame and the Medievalizing of Modernity is a rich case study for the reception of the Middle Ages in modernity. Spanning centuries and continents, the medieval period is understood through the lens of its (post)modern reception in Europe and America. Profound connections between the verbal and the visual are illustrated by a rich trove of images, including book illustrations, stained glass, postage stamps, architecture, and Christmas cards. Presented with great clarity and simplicity, Ziolkowski's work is accessible to the general reader, while its many new discoveries will be valuable to academics in such fields and disciplines as medieval studies, medievalism, philology, literary history, art history, folklore, performance studies, and reception studies.

Endorsements

A lifetime’s knowledge has been poured into these pages with passion and dedication, and the reader feels, and shares, the author’s enthusiasm along the Juggler’s journey from the Middle Ages to the present. From medieval French manuscripts we follow the tale through early modern religious literature, post-Romantic editorial endeavours, anthologies of national literature and children’s fiction, to modern adaptations in ballet, opera, and the visual arts. Such wide-ranging enterprise is matched by a fluent, witty narrative which succeeds in making complex terminology and concepts accessible to non-specialist readers. As such, the work is a major achievement.

Prof. Barbara Ravelhofer

Durham University

Reviews

By mapping out a peculiar kind of medieval trajectory, Ziolkowski provokes us to think about productive meanders that might be carried out in our own fields of interest. In that sense the book is not only an encyclopedic anatomy of the medieval in all its richness but a nursery of forms with the power to give life to any number of parallel endeavors. […] His book is continually awakening to new intriguing possibilities.

James H. S. McGregor, University of Georgia, Emeritus

"Jan M. Ziolkowski, The Juggler of Notre Dame and the Medievalizing of Modernity". Speculum (0038-7134), vol. 95, no. 2, 2020. doi:10.1086/708200

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Table of Contents

Note to the Reader

Preface


1. The Medieval Beginnings of Our Lady’s Tumbler

The French Poem

The Manuscripts

Gautier de Coinci and Anonymity

Picardy

The Identity of the Poet

The Bas-de-Page Miniature: Of Marginal Interest

The Genre: Long Story Short

The Table of Exempla, in Alphabetical Order

The Latin Exemplum

The Life of the Fathers

True Story: Why the Story Succeeded


2. Dancing for God

The Tumbler

Notre Dame versus Saint Mary

The Equivocal Status of Jongleurs

Trance Dance

Jongleurs of God

Holy Fools

Fact or Fiction?


3. Cistercian Monks and Lay Brothers

The Order of Cîteaux

Cistercians and the Virgin

Mother’s Milk

Mary’s Head-Coverings

Cistercian Lay Brothers

Conversion Therapy

The Language of Silence

Gym Clothes

Sweat Cloth

The Weighing of Souls

The Latin-Less Lay Brother and Our Lady


4. Reformation Endings: A Temporary Vanishing Act

What Makes a Story Popular?

Walsingham, England’s Nazareth

Madonnas of the World Wars

Literary Iconoclasm

Marian Apparitions


5. A Troupe of Sources and Analogues

King David’s Dancing

The Widow’s Mites

The Virgin’s Miraculous Images and Apparitions

The Jongleur of Rocamadour

The Holy Candle of Arras

The Pious Sweat of Monks and Lay Brothers

The Love of Statuesque Beauty

The Holy Face of Christ and Virgin Saints


Notes

Notes to Preface

Notes to Chapter 1

Notes to Chapter 2

Notes to Chapter 3

Notes to Chapter 4

Notes to Chapter 5


Bibliography

List of Illustrations

Index

Note to the Reader

Preface


1. The Medieval Beginnings of Our Lady’s Tumbler

The French Poem

The Manuscripts

Gautier de Coinci and Anonymity

Picardy

The Identity of the Poet

The Bas-de-Page Miniature: Of Marginal Interest

The Genre: Long Story Short

The Table of Exempla, in Alphabetical Order

The Latin Exemplum

The Life of the Fathers

True Story: Why the Story Succeeded


2. Dancing for God

The Tumbler

Notre Dame versus Saint Mary

The Equivocal Status of Jongleurs

Trance Dance

Jongleurs of God

Holy Fools

Fact or Fiction?


3. Cistercian Monks and Lay Brothers

The Order of Cîteaux

Cistercians and the Virgin

Mother’s Milk

Mary’s Head-Coverings

Cistercian Lay Brothers

Conversion Therapy

The Language of Silence

Gym Clothes

Sweat Cloth

The Weighing of Souls

The Latin-Less Lay Brother and Our Lady


4. Reformation Endings: A Temporary Vanishing Act

What Makes a Story Popular?

Walsingham, England’s Nazareth

Madonnas of the World Wars

Literary Iconoclasm

Marian Apparitions


5. A Troupe of Sources and Analogues

King David’s Dancing

The Widow’s Mites

The Virgin’s Miraculous Images and Apparitions

The Jongleur of Rocamadour

The Holy Candle of Arras

The Pious Sweat of Monks and Lay Brothers

The Love of Statuesque Beauty

The Holy Face of Christ and Virgin Saints


Notes

Notes to Preface

Notes to Chapter 1

Notes to Chapter 2

Notes to Chapter 3

Notes to Chapter 4

Notes to Chapter 5


Bibliography

List of Illustrations

Index

Note to the Reader

Preface


1. The Medieval Beginnings of Our Lady’s Tumbler

The French Poem

The Manuscripts

Gautier de Coinci and Anonymity

Picardy

The Identity of the Poet

The Bas-de-Page Miniature: Of Marginal Interest

The Genre: Long Story Short

The Table of Exempla, in Alphabetical Order

The Latin Exemplum

The Life of the Fathers

True Story: Why the Story Succeeded


2. Dancing for God

The Tumbler

Notre Dame versus Saint Mary

The Equivocal Status of Jongleurs

Trance Dance

Jongleurs of God

Holy Fools

Fact or Fiction?


3. Cistercian Monks and Lay Brothers

The Order of Cîteaux

Cistercians and the Virgin

Mother’s Milk

Mary’s Head-Coverings

Cistercian Lay Brothers

Conversion Therapy

The Language of Silence

Gym Clothes

Sweat Cloth

The Weighing of Souls

The Latin-Less Lay Brother and Our Lady


4. Reformation Endings: A Temporary Vanishing Act

What Makes a Story Popular?

Walsingham, England’s Nazareth

Madonnas of the World Wars

Literary Iconoclasm

Marian Apparitions


5. A Troupe of Sources and Analogues

King David’s Dancing

The Widow’s Mites

The Virgin’s Miraculous Images and Apparitions

The Jongleur of Rocamadour

The Holy Candle of Arras

The Pious Sweat of Monks and Lay Brothers

The Love of Statuesque Beauty

The Holy Face of Christ and Virgin Saints


Notes

Notes to Preface

Notes to Chapter 1

Notes to Chapter 2

Notes to Chapter 3

Notes to Chapter 4

Notes to Chapter 5


Bibliography

List of Illustrations

Index


Contributors

Jan M. Ziolkowski

(author)
Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin at Harvard University