In This Modern Age: Medieval Studies in Honor of Paul Edward Dutton
Edited by Courtney M. Booker and
Anne A. Latowsky
Publication date: February, 2023
Pages: 532, colour
ISBN 978-615-6405-66-1 Paperback, €59.00
ISBN 978-615-6405-68-5 Hardcover, €129.00
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Courtney M. Booker and Anne A. Latowsky
PART I. PERICULOSA
The Wrong Kind of Flattery: Critique and Praise in Walahfrid Strabo’s De imagine Tetrici
Andrew J. Romig
Authority and Christology in Dhuoda’s Manual
The Two Sorrows of Nithard
Courtney M. Booker
Dreaming of Saint Germain: Violence, Visions, and Holy Vengeance in the Translatio sancti Germani Parisiensis
Matthew Bryan Gillis
PART II. CLASSICA
Ghosts of Pliny the Younger in Einhard’s Translation and Miracles of Marcellinus and Peter
Anne A. Latowsky
Virgil the Fabricator in the Epitaphium Arsenii
Cicero among the Stars: Constellations, Humanism, and Cultural Clusters of the Carolingian Age
John J. Contreni
PART III. FIGURATA
Little Children, Jewish Attire, and the Monks of Saint-John (Müstair)
Valerie L. Garver
Lions not Lines: Figured Calcidian Diagrams and Diagrammatic Figures
Herbert L. Kessler
PART IV. PHAENOMENA
The Silent Sneeze of the Early Middle Ages
Richard Matthew Pollard
Rainbows and Theologies of Color in a Dark Age
Eclipse of the Carolingian Moon
PART V. NOSTALGIA
The Glimmering Gold of Memory and the Rust of Discontentment: A Reflection on Carolingian Civilization
Index I. General
Index II. Names and Places
Index III. Scriptural References
Index IV. Manuscripts
- Courtney M. Booker and Anne A. Latowsky
- Trivent Medieval
- Book series
- Renovatio - Studies in the Carolingian World
- Book series editor(s)
- Matthew Bryan Gillis
- ISBN (hardcover)
- ISBN (paperback)
- Publication date
- February 2023
- Page numbers
In This Modern Age: Medieval Studies in Honor of Paul Edward Dutton is a collection of fourteen essays by scholars of the Carolingian era specializing in history, art history, and literature. The volume is divided into five sections, which treat early medieval Latin literary and historiographical culture, images and objects, interpretations of natural phenomena, and the subject of nostalgia. Reflecting Dutton’s pathbreaking work, the contributions all evince the great impact of his teaching and erudition over the past thirty years since the publication of his seminal books Carolingian Civilization: A Reader (1993), The Politics of Dreaming in the Carolingian Empire (1994), The Poetry and Paintings of the First Bible of Charles the Bald (with Herbert L. Kessler) (1997), Charlemagne’s Courtier: The Complete Einhard (1998), Charlemagne’s Mustache: And Other Cultural Clusters of a Dark Age (2004), together with his many influential articles. This body of highly distinctive, stimulating, and evocative scholarship has fundamentally transformed Carolingian studies, inspiring younger scholars to enter the field and encouraging established scholars to develop it in new directions.
The essays in this volume individually pay tribute to Dutton in their illumination of diverse aspects of Carolingian intellectual, textual, and visual culture, with its famously idiosyncratic revival of Christian-Roman learning, aesthetics, and ideas. Gathered together, they offer an expression of gratitude for the risks that he took and the generosity that he has always shown.
COURTNEY M. BOOKER is Associate Professor of medieval European history at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He is the author of Past Convictions: The Penance of Louis the Pious and the Decline of the Carolingians (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), and co-editor (with Hans Hummer and Dana M. Polanichka) of Visions of Medieval Studies in North America and Europe: Studies on Cultural Identity and Power (Turnhout: Brepols, 2022). He is currently translating Henri-Xavier Arquillière’s influential study L’Augustinisme politique, and writing a book on the chronicle of Nithard and its reception.
ANNE A. LATOWSKY is Associate Professor of French at the University of South Florida, Tampa. She is the author of Emperor of the World: Charlemagne and the Construction of Imperial Authority, 800-1229 (Cornell University Press, 2013, pbk. 2020). She is currently writing a book on the Chronicle of Pseudo-Turpin and its influence on the writing of history.
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