Only recently has the study of medieval literature gone beyond approaches pioneered in the nineteenth century. The contributors to this volume attack this problem using approaches that range from purely Peircean semiotic to semiotic hermeneutics and reader response. One contributor even speaks of the DOS (Disk Operating System) of certain medieval texts. This work aims at establishing new ways of discussing medieval textuality with its complexities being discussed at both textual and global levels.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt/M., Paris, Wien, 1998. VIII, 151 pp.
Contents: Jonathan Evans: A Consideration of the Role of Semiotics in Redefining Medieval Manuscripts as Texts - Karin Boglund-Lagopoulos:
The Medieval Ballads: Textual Problems of Popular Literature - Mikle D. Ledgerwood: Reconsidering Folk and Episodic Narrative
- SunHee Kim Gertz: The Drama of the Sign: The Signs of the Drama - Mavis G. Fionella: The Conversion of the Sign in the Towneley
Passion Plays - Lois Bragg: The Modes of the Old English Metrical Charms - The Texts of Magic - Gary Shank: The Lesson of