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acts of recognition essays on m edieval culture “This is a collection of essays published over the last twenty-seven years by an outstanding medievalist, one who has been exceptionally influential on medieval studies and whose work continues to be of the greatest importance. Patterson’s collection is informed by a fascination with the ways in which the past inhabits the present. This collection of essays provide us with an eloquent, forceful demonstration of the hermeneutic potentials of liberal humanism in a committedly historicist mode. It will provide a timely, welcome, and stimulating challenge to the field.” — D A V I D A E R S , Duke University “Acts of Recognition offers us Lee Patterson at his best, as we’ve come to know his scholarship over the decades. Fearless, wide-ranging, and startling in the acuity of its insights, the volume reminds us why there is always something to learn from this superb thinker, whatever our critical approach or field. From the famous opening chapter on historical criticism to the luminous meditation on St. Francis that creates the book’s ‘sense of an ending,’ Patterson brilliantly shows us how the past continues part of us, always, and why it is not a foreign country but our home.” — G E R A L D I N E H E N G , University of Texas at Austin “The one persistent recognition that emerged from writing these otherwise quite disparate essays is that whatever the text (Beowulf, The Siege of Thebes, The Series) and whoever the people (Henry V, John Clanvowe, Capt. Lawrence Oates), the values at issue remain central to contemporary life. I am not blind to the fact that this is a claim all historians—whether of literature or of the past tout court—almost always make. But that doesn’t mean that it should not continue to be made, if only to remind those of us who seek to understand the past that we are simultaneously trying to understand the present—and, even more pertinently, our own lives, both professional and personal.” — F R O M T H E P R E F A C E ... L E E P A T T E R S O N is Frederick W. Hilles Professor of English at Yale University. He is the author of Chaucer and the Subject of History. U N I V E R S I T Y O F N O T R E D A M E P R E S S N O T R E D A M E , I N 4 6 5 5 6 • U N D P R E S S . N D . E D U l e e p a t t e r s o n acts of recognition essays on medieval culture lee patterson ...


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