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Rouse, Mary A., & Richard H. Rouse.  Authentic witnesses: Approaches to medieval texts and manuscripts. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1991. 8vo (23.5 cm, 9.25"). viii, 518 pp.; 4 plts.

From the Publications in Medieval Studies series: "The following studies, while varied in topic and ranging widely in time and place, are unified by the questions they pose and by the methodology they use to arrive at an answer. They share common assumptions regarding the genre to which they belong, the genre of literary history or, more specifically, the history of texts. A constant element in this genre is the desire to sort out the life of a text, from the evidence of its surviving manuscripts and the traces they have left. In this kind of history, texts replace human beings as the protagonists. Like people, texts can be examined individually, for themselves as texts, or in groups as a genre. Like human beings, they have family trees; they are conceived and born at a time and place; they grow, perhaps changing form radically in the process; and eventually die and are preserved for future readers in libraries — and, to stretch the simile, they may ultimately be consumed and reborn in new texts of a different era: ashes to ashes, dust to dust, texts to texts" (pp. 1-2).

Publisher's green cloth with brown lettering to spine and front board with gilt lettering; corners lightly rubbed, faint foxing to edges. Interior is clean.  (38854)   Please RESHELVE This.

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