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Writing Without Footnotes: The Role of the Medievalist in Contemporary Intellectual Life
Bernardo Lecture Series, No. 10
Writing Without Footnotes: The Role of the Medievalist in Contemporary Intellectual Life
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Maria Rosa Menocal - Author
Sandro Sticca - Editor
The Bernardo Lecture Series
Price: $10.95 
Paperback - 37 pages
Release Date: January 2001
ISBN10: 1-58684-131-9
ISBN13: 978-1-58684-131-7

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Summary

Argues that academics’ intellectual engagement with a public beyond the walls of their own specialties, and even beyond the walls of the academy, was long a commonplace and significant part of the work of professors and writers in the humanities.

Writing Without Footnotes: The Role of the Medievalist in Contemporary Intellectual Life is the tenth in a series of publications occasioned by the annual Bernardo Lecture at the Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies (CEMERS) at Binghamton University. This series offers public lectures which have been given by distinguished medieval and Renaissance scholars on topics and figures representative of these two important historical, religious, and intellectual periods.

Writing Without Footnotes argues that academics’ intellectual engagement with a public beyond the walls of their own specialties, and even beyond the walls of the academy, was long a commonplace and significant part of the work of professors and writers in the humanities.In reconceptualizing the place of professors in the academy, a task called for by the variety of crises that threaten to make of literary studies a small and insular corner of that academy, it seems imperative to consider the principally negative effect of specializations that have followed the contours of national aspirations and national languages, as well as to critical language which excludes all but fellow specialists. Medievalists, in particular, with so much material that echoes so richly with contemporary concerns, have a special opportunity to lead the way in returning the work to that sphere of public intellectual conversations of which it was once a part.

Maria Rosa Menocal received her PhD in Romance Philology in 1979 from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also taught before joining the faculty at Yale University. She is the author of a number of books on a range of comparative medieval literary and cultural topics, and the editor of the recent The Literature of Al-Andalus volume in the Cambridge History of Arabic Literature series. Currently she is the R. Selden Rose Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Director of Special Programs in the Humanities at Yale University.

Volume 10 in The Bernardo Lecture Series

Sandro Sticca, editor

A Global Academic Publishing Book



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