The Resource The mutable glass : mirror-imagery in titles and texts of the Middle Ages and the English Renaissance, Herbert Grabes ; translated from the German by Gordon Collier

The mutable glass : mirror-imagery in titles and texts of the Middle Ages and the English Renaissance, Herbert Grabes ; translated from the German by Gordon Collier

Label
The mutable glass : mirror-imagery in titles and texts of the Middle Ages and the English Renaissance
Title
The mutable glass
Title remainder
mirror-imagery in titles and texts of the Middle Ages and the English Renaissance
Statement of responsibility
Herbert Grabes ; translated from the German by Gordon Collier
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
Summary
This 1982 book was the first major and comprehensive survey of mirror-imagery to be found in medieval book-titles and English literature from the thirteenth to the end of the seventeenth century. Working within the tradition of the historical study of metaphor as developed by E. R. Curtius, Professor Grabes not only traces the shifting historical usages of the mirror (as the metaphor's 'vehicle') but also studies the metaphor's structural function in individual works. At the same time, the author addresses himself to the aesthetic problem of originality in literature, and, by investigating the function of a metaphor central to literature over a long period of time, he reveals the interplay between cultural history, the changing attitude towards life and the world, and literary imagination. It represents a substantial contribution to the history of ideas and to the study of iconography, which, by providing a systematic and historical contextualisation of the many varied metaphorical senses of the mirror, will be of particular value to art and literary historians, and cultural philosophers
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Grabes, Herbert
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR275.M5
LC item number
G713 1982
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • English literature
  • English literature
  • Civilization, Medieval, in literature
  • Mirrors in literature
  • Renaissance
  • Figures of speech
  • Titles of books
  • Mirrors in art
  • Metaphor
  • Littérature anglaise
  • Littérature anglaise
  • Miroirs dans la littérature
  • Miroirs dans l'art
  • Titres de livres
  • Métaphore
  • Miroirs
  • Littérature anglaise
  • Littérature anglaise
  • Civilization, Medieval, in literature
  • English literature
  • English literature
  • Figures of speech
  • Metaphor
  • Mirrors in art
  • Mirrors in literature
  • Renaissance
  • Titles of books
  • England
Label
The mutable glass : mirror-imagery in titles and texts of the Middle Ages and the English Renaissance, Herbert Grabes ; translated from the German by Gordon Collier
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Translation of: Speculum, mirror, und looking-glass
Bibliography note
Bibliography: p. 400-414
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction. The fascination of the mirror: selection of a central metaphor ; Convention and originality: the literary use of the mirror ; Identity and change: the verbal fixation of the mirror ; Time and place: the mirror-age in English and Continental literature ; From speculum title to central metaphor: the plan of the book -- Part I. The mirror as title-metaphor. History of the mirror-title in England: Early titles and the situation regarding sources ; Mirror-titles before 1500 ; Mirror-titles in England, 1500-1700 -- A typology of works bearing mirror-titles: The classificatory basis ; Factually informative mirrors ; The encyclopaedic mirror ; The comprehensive mirrors of the compendia ; Mirrors of specific branches of knowledge ; Examplary texts bearing mirror-titles: The mirror of positive models ; Virtues and vices: examplary and admonitory mirrors ; Admonitory and unmasking mirrors: the deterrent image ; The prognostic mirror ; Fantastic mirrors -- Mirror conventions in literature and art. The multiplicity of mirrors: The 'real' mirror ; The metaphorical mirror ; The qualities and deficiencies of the mirror ; The image in the mirror ; The mirror's influence on the beholder ; Users and bearers of the mirror -- Part III. Originality: general conclusions. The concept of originality: New aspects of the mirror ; New combinations of conventions ; New aspects in new combinations ; New functions in individual contexts: Shakespeare's mirrors -- The historical dimension of metaphor, aesthetics and ideas: the age of the mirror: The power of convention: the mirror's potential ; Delight in correspondences: the mirror and baroque sensibility ; 'Mirror' or 'anatomy': the world-picture and the choice of metaphor -- Appendix: a synoptic listing of mirror-titles -- Section A: Mirror-titles to 1500 -- Section B: Mirror-titles in England, 1500-1700 -- Notes -- Indexical bibliography of primary references -- General bibliography
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xvi, 414 pages
Isbn
9780521222037
Lccn
82004263
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)08346135
  • (OCoLC)ocm08346135
Label
The mutable glass : mirror-imagery in titles and texts of the Middle Ages and the English Renaissance, Herbert Grabes ; translated from the German by Gordon Collier
Publication
Note
Translation of: Speculum, mirror, und looking-glass
Bibliography note
Bibliography: p. 400-414
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction. The fascination of the mirror: selection of a central metaphor ; Convention and originality: the literary use of the mirror ; Identity and change: the verbal fixation of the mirror ; Time and place: the mirror-age in English and Continental literature ; From speculum title to central metaphor: the plan of the book -- Part I. The mirror as title-metaphor. History of the mirror-title in England: Early titles and the situation regarding sources ; Mirror-titles before 1500 ; Mirror-titles in England, 1500-1700 -- A typology of works bearing mirror-titles: The classificatory basis ; Factually informative mirrors ; The encyclopaedic mirror ; The comprehensive mirrors of the compendia ; Mirrors of specific branches of knowledge ; Examplary texts bearing mirror-titles: The mirror of positive models ; Virtues and vices: examplary and admonitory mirrors ; Admonitory and unmasking mirrors: the deterrent image ; The prognostic mirror ; Fantastic mirrors -- Mirror conventions in literature and art. The multiplicity of mirrors: The 'real' mirror ; The metaphorical mirror ; The qualities and deficiencies of the mirror ; The image in the mirror ; The mirror's influence on the beholder ; Users and bearers of the mirror -- Part III. Originality: general conclusions. The concept of originality: New aspects of the mirror ; New combinations of conventions ; New aspects in new combinations ; New functions in individual contexts: Shakespeare's mirrors -- The historical dimension of metaphor, aesthetics and ideas: the age of the mirror: The power of convention: the mirror's potential ; Delight in correspondences: the mirror and baroque sensibility ; 'Mirror' or 'anatomy': the world-picture and the choice of metaphor -- Appendix: a synoptic listing of mirror-titles -- Section A: Mirror-titles to 1500 -- Section B: Mirror-titles in England, 1500-1700 -- Notes -- Indexical bibliography of primary references -- General bibliography
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xvi, 414 pages
Isbn
9780521222037
Lccn
82004263
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)08346135
  • (OCoLC)ocm08346135

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