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Reading the Juggler of Notre Dame: Medieval Miracles and Modern Remakings - cover image

Copyright

Jan M. Ziolkowski;

Published On

2022-07-25

ISBN

Paperback978-1-80064-368-0
Hardback978-1-80064-369-7
PDF978-1-80064-370-3
HTML978-1-80064-669-8
XML978-1-80064-373-4
EPUB978-1-80064-371-0
AZW3978-1-80064-372-7

Language

  • English

Print Length

468 pages (xiv+452)

Dimensions

Paperback178 x 32 x 254 mm(7.01" x 1.26" x 10")
Hardback178 x 36 x 254 mm(7.01" x 1.42" x 10")

Weight

Paperback1086g (38.31oz)
Hardback1310g (46.21oz)

Media

Illustrations55

OCLC Number

1338166528

LCCN

2021386028

BIC

  • ACK
  • JFHF
  • D

BISAC

  • LIT022000
  • LIT011000
  • LIT025040

LCC

  • PQ1534.T5

Keywords

  • Our Lady’s Tumbler
  • French poem
  • medieval dance
  • medieval folklore
  • medieval iconography
  • medievalism
  • medieval studies

Reading the Juggler of Notre Dame

Medieval Miracles and Modern Remakings

In this two-part anthology, Jan M. Ziolkowski builds on themes uncovered in his earlier The Juggler of Notre Dame and the Medievalizing of Modernity. Here he focuses particularly on the performing arts.

Part one contextualises Our Lady’s Tumbler, a French poem of the late 1230s, by comparing it with episodes in the Bible and miracles in a wide variety of medieval European sources. It relates this material to analogues and folklore across the ages from, among others, Persian, Jewish and Hungarian cultures. Part two scrutinizes the reception and impact of the poem with reference to modern European and American literature, including works by the Nobel prize-winner Anatole France, professor-poet Katharine Lee Bates, philosopher-historian Henry Adams and poet W.H. Auden.

This innovative collection of sources introduces readers to many previously untranslated texts, and invites them to explore the journey of Our Lady’s Tumbler across both sides of the Atlantic.

Reading the Juggler of Notre Dame: Medieval Miracles and Modern Remakings will benefit scholars and students alike. The short introductions and numerous annotations shed light on unusual beliefs and practices of the past, making the readings accessible to anyone with an interest in the arts and an openness to the Middle Ages.

Endorsements

*After publishing his 6-volume 'The Juggler of Notre Dame and the Medievalizing of Modernity' —each volume of which feels like a gift—Jan Ziolkowski has more to share on this topic. This seventh gift offers the source texts in translation that informed his magnum opus. Gathered in one place, they appear in a usable form, ready to be plucked by students and scholars. Besides being of value in relation to the six already-published volumes, this volume will be of particular value to those interested in medieval dance, folklore, and iconography. Students will be able to mine these sources for essays about the instability of gender; the fluid boundaries between knights, clerics, and peasants; about archetypes in transcultural and transhistorical literature; about the give and take between literature and folklore. The translations are heavily and satisfyingly annotated and it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the annotations/footnotes themselves offer a history of medieval thought. *

Prof. Kathryn Rudy

University of St Andrews

Additional Resources

[document]Table of Contents(CC BY-NC-ND)
[book]The Juggler of Notre Dame and the Medievalizing of Modernity

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.

Contents

Overview

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Introduction

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9. The Dancer Musa

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Introduction

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Notes

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Contributors

Jan M. Ziolkowski

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