The Bellum Grammaticale and the Rise of European Literature
By: Erik Butler (author)Hardback
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The now-forgotten genre of the bellum grammaticale flourished in the sixteenth- and seventeenth centuries as a means of satirizing outmoded cultural institutions and promoting new methods of instruction. In light of works written in Renaissance Italy, ancien regime France, and baroque Germany (Andrea Guarna's Bellum Grammaticale , Antoine Furetiere's Nouvelle allegorique , and Justus Georg Schottelius' Horrendum Bellum Grammaticale ), this study explores early modern representations of language as war. While often playful in form and intent, the texts examined address serious issues of enduring relevance: the relationship between tradition and innovation, the power of language to divide and unite peoples, and canon-formation. Moreover, the author contends, the "language wars" illuminate the shift from a Latin-based understanding of learning to the acceptance of vernacular erudition and the emergence of national literature.
Erik Butler is Assistant Professor of German Studies at Emory University, where he also teaches comparative literature and film
Contents: Introduction; Civil war in the Republic of Letters; Frontiers and first causes: humanism, Renaissance, Reformation and the language war; The language war and absolutist eloquence; Greatness lost and regained: dialectic of the German language war; Conclusion: fighting words and the liberal arts; Bibliography; Index.
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