Textual Cultures of Medieval Italy

William Robins (University of Toronto):

There are signs that we are now in the midst of another threshold moment in the study of medieval writing, similar to the consolidations and transformations of twenty-five years ago. In the intervening decades all the relevant humanistic disciplines have responded energetically to the basic imperative to see written documents (and indeed all verbal and non-verbal signs) not so much as transparent windows giving direct access to extra-textual facts, but as complicated material and social phenomena in their own right.

Available from University of Toronto Press.