The Juggler of Notre Dame and the Medievalizing of Modernity. Volume 6: War and Peace, Sex and Violence

The Juggler of Notre Dame and the Medievalizing of Modernity. Volume 6: War and Peace, Sex and Violence Jan M. Ziolkowski
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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. In this concluding volume, Ziolkowski explores the popularity of The Juggler of Notre Dame from the 1930s through the Second World War, especially in the Allied Resistance. Its popularity in the United States was subsequently maintained by figures as diverse as Tony Curtis and W. H. Auden, and although recently the story and medievalism have lost ground, the future of both holds promise.
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 6: War and Peace, Sex and Violence
Jan M. Ziolkowski | December 2018
332 pp. | 171 colour illustrations | 7" x 10" (178 x 254 mm)
ISBN Paperback: 9781783745395
ISBN Hardback: 9781783745401
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781783745418
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781783745425
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781783745432
ISBN XML: 9781783745746
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0149
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), APFA (Film theory and criticism), LIT025040 (LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Religion), ART035000 (ART / Subjects & Themes / Religious)

Note to the Reader

1. Juggler Allies
    Great Britain
    United States

2. The Juggler by Jingoism: Nazis and Their Neighbors
    Virginal Visions
    The Netherlands
    Curt Sigmar Gutkind
    Hans Hömberg
    After the War

3. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Juggler
    Richard Sullivan, Notre Dame Professor
    R. O. Blechman, Cartoon Juggler
    Robert Lax, Poet among Acrobats
    Tony Curtis, Prime-Time Juggler
    W. H. Auden, The Ballad of Barnaby
    Music from Massenet to Peter Maxwell Davies

4. Membranes of Things Past
    Misremembering and Remembering
    Getting a Rise from the Male Member
    Jung’s Jongleur

5. Positively Medieval: The Once and Future Juggler
    The Juggler’s Prospects
    Gropius vs. the Gothic Ivory Tower
    The Tumbler’s Tumble
    Michel Zink Reminds France
    We All Need the Middle Ages
    The Simplicity of Atonement


    Notes to Chapter 1
    Notes to Chapter 2
    Notes to Chapter 3
    Notes to Chapter 4
    Notes to Chapter 5
    Notes to Acknowledgments

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).