The Juggler of Notre Dame and the Medievalizing of Modernity. Volume 5: Tumbling into the Twentieth Century

The Juggler of Notre Dame and the Medievalizing of Modernity. Volume 5: Tumbling into the Twentieth Century Jan M. Ziolkowski
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Prof. Ziolkowski also featured in a podcast for, called the Medieval Podcast hosted by Daničle 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.

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, Speculumavailable online

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

Jan Ziolkowski, the Arthur Kinglsey Porter Professor of Medieval Latin at Harvard, has now dedicated six volumes with some 1,500 illustrations to this tale. They can all be downloaded free of charge and they take us to a new kind of scholarship. [...] Ziolkowski explores the continuing revival of the story of the Juggler of Notre Dame as evidence of how the Middle Ages have been reinvented. He sees the tale of the Juggler, or Dancer, as "holding out the hope of redemption to those who may feel rough around the edges or unskilled in offering themselves [...]"

David Ganz, The Times Literary Supplement, available online

The current political climate and the related outrage culture in social media often silence nuanced voices and elide the emergence of stories that focus on benign forms of medievalism. In addition, most scholars prefer the study of more straightforwardly readable (political) medievalisms and avoid investigating the influential omnipresent residual medievalist continuities related to religion and secularized religious beliefs. Ziolkowski's study is a welcome exception to these current tendencies, engaging with a subject that demonstrates the complex modern web of layers of reception in which religion continues to play a powerful role.
Richard Utz, The Medieval Review

The well-researched and richly interconnected insights in these volumes make them an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the afterlife of the Middle Ages. To academic medievalists, specifically, Ziolkowski’s study may serve as a healthy caveat about being aware of the interdependence of our discipline and scholarly paradigms, then and now, with broad and impactful extra-academic cultural phenomena.
Richard Utz, The Medieval Review

These final two volumes of Jan Ziolkowski’s fascinating reception history of the medieval juggler narrative display the same qualities as the first four volumes: a wealth of connections across numerous media, meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated, make this magnum opus a rich tapestry of information for anyone interested in how the Middle Ages have been researched, remembered, imagined, and used [...] Jan Ziolkowski’s patient and ground-breaking effort encourages us to pay more attention to the benevolent and less sensational examples of modern receptions of the medieval. His books, freely accessible as they are via OpenBook publishers in .pdf and online versions, are decades ahead of an academic industry still mostly wed to print and to prices that are sustainable only for the richest university libraries and independently wealthy individuals.  
Richard Utz, The Medieval Review

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. In this volume Jan Ziolkowski follows the juggler of Notre Dame as he cavorts through new media, including radio, television, and film, becoming closely associated with Christmas and embedded in children’s literature.

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 5: Tumbling into the Twentieth Century
Jan M. Ziolkowski | October 2018
408 | 267 colour illustrations | 7" x 10" (178 x 254 mm)
ISBN Paperback: 9781783745340
ISBN Hardback: 9781783745357
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781783745364
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781783745371
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781783745388
ISBN Digital (XML): 9781783745739
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0148
Categories: BIC: ACK (History of art: Byzantine and Medieval art c. 500 CE to c. 1400), JFHF (Folklore, myths and legends), AP (Film, TV and radio), D (Literature and literary studies), ACX (History of art and design styles: from c. 1900), HBTB (Social and cultural history); BISAC: LIT011000 (LITERARY CRITICISM/Medieval), D (Literature and literary studies), HIS037080 (HISTORY/Modern/20th century), ART035000 (ART subjects and Themes/ Religious), ART015110 (ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)); OCLC Number: 1135606862.

Note to the Reader

1. Juggling across Print
    Printed Books as Pseudomanuscripts
    Image-Makers Go Mainstream
    Missal Attack
    Handwriting the Medieval
    Typing a Translation
    Medieval French for Amateurs
    A One-Novel French Novelist
    French Language-Study

2. Juggling across New Media
    Making a Spectacle of Miracle
    Sister Beatrice
    Sister Angelica
    Audio Recording
    Silent Film
    Charlie Chaplin: Tramp Meets Tumbler

3. Juggling across Faiths
    The Ecumenical Juggler
    The Hasidic Whistle-Blower
    The Jewish Jongleur
    The Catholic Juggler
    The Juggler and the Paulines
    Two Bills: Buckley Jr. and Bennett
    The Lyric Juggler and Patrick Kavanagh
    "The Chapel at Mountain State Mental Hospital”

4. The Yuletide Juggler
    Easter Tumbling
    The Commercial Aesthetic of "Ye Olde”
    Noel Juggling: The Gift That Keeps on Giving
    The Juggler in Holiday Books and Cards
    Amateur Theater
    Mass Radio
    Mid-Century Medieval US Television
    Postwar Britain
    The French Connection
    Juggler Film
    Juggler Christmas Books Live On
    Related Stories of the Season

5. Children’s Juggler and Child Juggler
    Suitable for Children
    Downsizing the Juggler
    American Children’s Literature
    European Children’s Literature
    Global Children’s Entertainment
    Folktale or Faketale?
    Tomie dePaola’s The Clown of God


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 the literature of the Latin Middle Ages.
Ziolkowski’s books include critical editions and translations of medieval Latin texts, such as Jezebel: A Norman Latin Poem of the Early Eleventh Century, as well as wide-ranging studies in literary and intellectual history, such as Fairy Tales from Before Fairy Tales: The Medieval Latin Past of Wonderful Lies. He has also co-edited two anthologies of translations, The Medieval Craft of Memory (with Mary Carruthers) and The Virgilian Tradition: The First Fifteen Hundred Years (with Michael C.J. Putnam).