The Resource Etymology and wordplay in medieval literature, edited by Mikael Males

Etymology and wordplay in medieval literature, edited by Mikael Males

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Etymology and wordplay in medieval literature
Title
Etymology and wordplay in medieval literature
Statement of responsibility
edited by Mikael Males
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Editor
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Presents case studies of the uses of etymology and wordplay in a number of medieval literatures.00In modern scholarship, etymology and wordplay are rarely studied in tandem. In the Middle Ages, however, they were intrinsically related, and both feature prominently in medieval literature. Their functions are often at variance with the expectations of the modern reader, in particular when wordplay is used to arrive at crucial answers or to convey theological insights. The studies in this book therefore carry important implications for our understanding of the reception of medieval texts. The authors show how etymology and wordplay in the Middle Ages often served as an impetus for meditation and as a route to truth, but that they could also be put to more mundane uses, such as the bolstering of national pride. In a narrative context, the functions of etymology and wordplay could range from underlining the sexual bravado of the protagonist to being the key indicator of whether the hero would live or die.00Opening with a background chapter describing classical and medieval developments of etymology and wordplay, this book presents case studies of the uses of etymology and wordplay in a number of medieval literatures (Latin, Old French, Middle High German, Italian, Old Irish, Old English, Old Norse, Old Czech and Old Polish)
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Cataloging source
EZC
Dewey number
809/.02
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN682.A5
LC item number
E89 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1977-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Males, Mikael
Series statement
Disputatio
Series volume
volume 30
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Literature, Medieval
  • Language and languages
  • Allegory
  • Puns and punning in literature
  • Language and languages
  • Literature, Medieval
  • Etymologie
  • Literatur
  • Wortspiel
  • Littérature médiévale
  • Langues
Target audience
specialized
Label
Etymology and wordplay in medieval literature, edited by Mikael Males
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction / Mikael Males -- Etymology, wordplay, and the truth value of the linguistic sign from antiquity to the middle ages / Mikael Males -- Discretionis libra (with the scales of discernment): allegorical writing and the concealment of etymologia / Wim Verbaal -- the terminal paronomasia of Gautier de Coinci / Keith Busby -- Soteriological macaronics: ambiguum and paronomasia in Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival / Stephen Carey -- "Scuro saccio che par lo meo detto" (i know that my word seems obscure): wordplay and obscurity in thirteenth-century Italian poetry / Paolo Borsa -- Etymology, wordplay, and allegorical reading in some medieval Irish texts / Jan Erik Rekdal -- Puns and poetic style in old English / Eric Weiskott -- Etymological interpretation of dreams in old Icelandic literature / Mikael Males -- Language as artefact : the practice of etymologia in the narratives about the origin of the Slavs / Julia Verkholantsev
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vi, 272 pages
Isbn
9782503575759
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
Other physical details
illustrations (black and white)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1083384142
  • (OCoLC)on1083384142
Label
Etymology and wordplay in medieval literature, edited by Mikael Males
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction / Mikael Males -- Etymology, wordplay, and the truth value of the linguistic sign from antiquity to the middle ages / Mikael Males -- Discretionis libra (with the scales of discernment): allegorical writing and the concealment of etymologia / Wim Verbaal -- the terminal paronomasia of Gautier de Coinci / Keith Busby -- Soteriological macaronics: ambiguum and paronomasia in Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival / Stephen Carey -- "Scuro saccio che par lo meo detto" (i know that my word seems obscure): wordplay and obscurity in thirteenth-century Italian poetry / Paolo Borsa -- Etymology, wordplay, and allegorical reading in some medieval Irish texts / Jan Erik Rekdal -- Puns and poetic style in old English / Eric Weiskott -- Etymological interpretation of dreams in old Icelandic literature / Mikael Males -- Language as artefact : the practice of etymologia in the narratives about the origin of the Slavs / Julia Verkholantsev
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vi, 272 pages
Isbn
9782503575759
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
Other physical details
illustrations (black and white)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1083384142
  • (OCoLC)on1083384142

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