The Juggler of Notre Dame and the Medievalizing of Modernity. Volume 1: The Middle Ages

The Juggler of Notre Dame and the Medievalizing of Modernity. Volume 1: The Middle Ages Jan M. Ziolkowski
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Prof. Ziolkowski also featured in a podcast for, called the Medieval Podcast hosted by Danièle Cybulskie. To listen to this podcast for free, visit here. You can also watch the talk he delivered about this study at the American Philosophical Society here.

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

Funny, erudite, compelling, The Juggler of Notre Dame stretches every boundary of what an academic book is. It has given me—and will give all its readers—further permission to extend the definition of the scholarly book. Imaginative, well-researched, genre-bending, this book makes multiple contributions to the fields of medieval history, philology, art history, performance studies, reception theory, and medievalism.
Prof. Kathryn Rudy, University of St Andrews

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.
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.

The Juggler of Notre Dame comprises six volumes:

Vol. 1: The Middle Ages
Vol. 2: Medieval Meets Medievalism
Vol. 3: The American Middle Ages
Vol. 4: Picture That: Making a Show of the Jongleur
Vol. 5: Tumbling into the Twentieth Century
Vol. 6: War and Peace, Sex and Violence

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The Juggler of Notre Dame and the Medievalizing of Modernity. Volume 1: The Middle Ages
Jan M. Ziolkowski | June 2018
406 | 153 colour illustrations | 7" x 10" (178 x 254 mm)
ISBN Paperback: 9781783744336
ISBN Hardback: 9781783744343
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781783744350
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781783744367
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781783744374
ISBN Digital (XML): 9781783745708
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0132
Categories: BIC: ACK (History of art: Byzantine and Medieval art c. 500 CE to c. 1400), JFHF (Folklore, myths and legends), D (Literature and literary studies); BISAC: LIT022000 (LITERARY CRITICISM / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology), LIT011000 (LITERARY CRITICISM / Medieval), LIT025040 (LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Religion)

Note to the Reader

1. The Medieval Beginnings of Our Lady’s Tumbler
The French Poem
The Manuscripts
Gautier de Coinci and Anonymity
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 to Preface
Notes to Chapter 1
Notes to Chapter 2
Notes to Chapter 3
Notes to Chapter 4
Notes to Chapter 5

List of Illustrations

Jan Ziolkowski is the Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin at Harvard University and Director of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. His scholarship has focused on western literature, especially of the Latin Middle Ages.
Ziolkowski’s books include numerous critical editions and translations of medieval Latin texts as well as wide-ranging studies in literary and intellectual history, such as Talking Animals: Medieval Latin Beast Poetry and Fairy Tales from Before Fairy Tales: The Medieval Latin Past of Wonderful Lies. He co-edited The Medieval Craft of Memory (with Mary Carruthers), The Virgilian Tradition: The First Fifteen Hundred Years (with Michael C.J. Putnam), and The Virgil Encyclopedia (with Richard Thomas). He edited Dante and Islam and Dante and the Greeks.