Vernacular Aesthetics in the Later Middle Ages

Politics, Performativity, and Reception from Literature to Music

  • Katharine W. Jager

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. The Peasants’ Rebellion as Sensory Event

  3. Aesthetic Reception: Music and the Multimodal Manuscript

  4. Vernacular Practice: Alchemy, Aesthetics, Affect

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 299-312

About this book


Vernacular Aesthetics in the Later Middle Ages explores the formal composition, public performance, and popular reception of vernacular poetry, music, and prose within late medieval French and English cultures.  This collection of essays considers the extra-literary and extra-textual methods by which vernacular forms and genres were obtained and examines the roles that performance and orality play in the reception and dissemination of those genres, arguing that late medieval vernacular forms can be used to delineate the interests and perspectives of the subaltern.  Via an interdisciplinary approach, contributors use theories of multimodality, translation, manuscript studies, sound studies, gender studies, and activist New Formalism to address how and for whom popular, vernacular medieval forms were made.  


Vernacular Aesthetics Literature Late Medieval Reception

Editors and affiliations

  • Katharine W. Jager
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of Houston-DowntownHoustonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-18333-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-18334-9
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