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Medieval Grammar and RhetoricLanguage Arts and Literary Theory, AD 300 -1475$
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Rita Copeland and Ineke Sluiter

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199653782

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199653782.001.0001

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General Introduction

General Introduction

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Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
Oxford University Press

This book brings together pedagogical texts that represent the contributions of grammar and rhetoric to literary theory during the Middle Ages, a period spanning the late Latin antiquity to the fifteenth century. The emphasis is on the application of the language arts to literary culture and the connection of grammatical and rhetorical theory to theoretical approaches to literature. The texts covered in this book include the rank elementary, such as Donatus's Ars minor, and theoretical explorations of the language arts, such as Dominicus Gundissalinus's De divisione philosophiae (On the Division of Philosophy). The book also explores theoretical traditions of the ablative absolute and etymology, the new scientific approaches to grammar and rhetoric in the twelfth century, and the new genres of pedagogical treatises between about 1150 and the late thirteenth century. Examples of late medieval teaching about the language arts in Latin and the vernacular are presented.

Keywords:   grammar, rhetoric, literary theory, Middle Ages, language arts, literary culture, literature, ablative absolute, etymology, pedagogical treatises

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