Introduction: Criticism and Debates

Holly A. Crocker, D. Vance Smith

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Criticism in the Middle Ages meant, first and foremost, the examination and weighing of the validity of biblical commentary. This ranged from the criticism of manuscripts and texts to the discovery and elaboration of the “real” sense of a passage. Debate poetry's coalescence, scholars emphasize, attests to connections between ideas that might equally be understood as adversarial. The very precision with which we can identify modes of criticism ultimately tells us how imprecise a term “criticism” really is. Capgrave's Katherine appears to recognize that a long tradition of cultivated disputation, what we might now think of as formal debate, stands counter to those messy, haphazard, and sometimes violent incidents of casual quarrel. The chapter also presents an overview on the key concepts discussed in this book.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedieval Literature
Subtitle of host publicationCriticism and Debates
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781000941524
ISBN (Print)9780415667890
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


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