Mediality in the Middle Ages: Abundance and Lack

October 30, 2020
Mediality in the Middle Ages: Abundance and Lack

This book presents, for the first time, a coherent, tightlyargued history of medieval mediality, which also casts a new lighton modern thinking about the medial. Abundance and lack constitutethe defining feature of all media forms. These forms alwaysundertake to preserve, transmit, or give access to something thatmight otherwise be lost, or remain inaccessible or ineffective. Butat the same time they are always in danger of disguising ordistorting what they are referring to, or of missing their targetaltogether. Medieval culture offers an excellent chance to observethis. In this culture, media forms were places of mediatedimmediacy. They transported a presence of the divine, but alsoknowledge of its unattainability. This volume investigates themulti-layered and fascinating approaches of medieval authors to theword and writing, the body and materiality, and theirexperimentation with the possibilities of media before the conceptwas invented.