By Christopher B. Krebs
Winner of the 2012 Christian Gauss publication Award
"A version of well known highbrow background. . . . In each way, A most threatening Book is a so much amazing achievement."--Washington Post
When the Roman historian Tacitus wrote the Germania, a none-too-flattering little booklet in regards to the historic Germans, he couldn't have foreseen that centuries later the Nazis could extol it as "a bible" and vow to resurrect Germany on its grounds. however the Germania inspired--and polarized--readers lengthy ahead of the increase of the 3rd Reich. during this based and pleasing background, Christopher B. Krebs, a professor of classics at Harvard college, strains the wide-ranging impact of the Germania, revealing how an old textual content rose to take its position one of the most threatening books on the planet.
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3 (2005): 461. 3. Lacanian accounts of history and of Medieval Studies have long suggested the striking relevance of the structure of Courtly Love to the lost objects of history itself. , deploys psychoanalytic theories (particularly that of Freud, Lacan, and Julia Kristeva) in an analysis not only of the losses Chaucer’s poetry commemorates and negotiates, but also of the implications of this material for what she terms a “compassionate historicism” of the Middle Ages. Fradenburg’s inf luential Lacanian account of historicism as a “history of the signifier” is further developed in Sacrifice Your Love: Psychoanalysis, Historicism, Chaucer (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002).
Following Petrarch’s own self-fashioning, such scholars write as if Petrarch work constitutes a new beginning, absent in the work of the medieval predecessors of England’s Renaissance poets, even if those “predecessors” (as in Chaucer’s case) came after Petrarch. The clarity of dates (Petrarch, 1304–1374; Chaucer, ca. 1343–1400) has not particularly helped us here: the bald power of the factoid—usually so important to the use of the anecdote in Early Modern studies—seems never quite to hit its mark.
Petrarch,” he writes, is . . com - licensed to Taiwan eBook Consortium - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-02 A MO ROU S DI S P O S S E S S ION S 22 PAT R I C I A C L A R E I N G H A M On one hand, this means for Strohm that “the problem of Petrarch within Chaucer can be stated but cannot be resolved within the terms of the Renaissance/Medieval dichotomy”; on the other, “period terminologies like medieval and Renaissance also serve as a vital reminder to view textual problems as historical problems” (93), and to recall “the contradictory nature of time as actually experienced” (94).
A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich by Christopher B. Krebs