Spoken Word and Social Practice: Orality in Europe (1400-1700)

Thomas Cohen (Editor), Lesley K. Twomey (Editor)

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Spoken Word and Social Practice: Orality in Europe (1400-1700) addresses historians and literary scholars. It aims to recapture oral culture in a variety of literary and non-literary sources, tracking the echo of women’s voices, on trial, or bantering and gossiping in literary works, and recapturing those of princes and magistrates, townsmen, villagers, mariners, bandits, and songsmiths. Almost all medieval and early modern writing was marked by the oral. Spoken words and turns of phrase are bedded in writings, and the mental habits of a speaking world shaped texts. Writing also shaped speech; the oral and the written zones had a porous, busy boundary. Cross-border traffic is central to this study, as is the power, range, utility, and suppleness of speech.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages499
ISBN (Print)9789004288683
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015

Publication series

NameMedieval and Renaissance authors and texts


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