Inventiones: Fiction and Referentiality in Twelfth-Century English Historical Writing

5 avg rating
( 1 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780807846001: Inventiones: Fiction and Referentiality in Twelfth-Century English Historical Writing
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Combining literary theory and historiography, Monika Otter explores the relationship between history and fiction in the Latin literature of twelfth-century England. The beginnings of fiction have commonly been associated with vernacular romance, but Otter demonstrates that writers of Latin historical narratives also employed the self-referential techniques characteristic of fiction. Beginning with inventiones, a genre dealing with the discovery of saints' relics, Otter reveals how exploring the fundamental problems of writing history and the nature of truth itself leads monastic or clerical Latin writers to a budding awareness of fictionality. According to Otter, accounts of conquests, treasure hunts, descents into underground worlds, and efforts (usually unsuccessful) to retrieve subterranean objects serve as self-referential metaphors for the problems of accessing and retrieving the past; they are thus designed to shake the reader's faith in historical representation and highlight the textuality of the historical account. Otter traces this self-conscious use of fictional elements within historical narrative through the works of William of Malmesbury, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Gerald of Wales, Walter Map, and William of Newburgh.

Originally published in 1996.

A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Book Description:

"Monika Otter gives the incorporated fictions in Latin non-fiction literature the intelligent and serious attention this phenomenon has long deserved. Otter's approach is sensitive both to historical context and to literary theory, and she is generous-minded enough to allow medieval writers to think their own thoughts, without the restrictions of doctrine--medieval or modern."--Nancy Partner, McGill University

About the Author:

Monika Otter is assistant professor of English at Dartmouth College.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780807822937: Inventiones: Fiction and Referentiality in Twelfth-Century English Historical Writing

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0807822930 ISBN 13:  9780807822937
Publisher: The University of North Carolina..., 1996
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Otter, Monika
Published by Univ North Carolina
ISBN 10: 0807846007 ISBN 13: 9780807846001
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Univ North Carolina. Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW Softcover A Brand New Quality Book from a Full-Time Veteran Owned Bookshop in business since 1992!. Seller Inventory # 2609623

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 44.94
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Monika Otter
Published by The University of North Carolina Press, United States (1996)
ISBN 10: 0807846007 ISBN 13: 9780807846001
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The University of North Carolina Press, United States, 1996. Paperback. Condition: New. New edition. Language: English. Brand new Book. Combining literary theory and historiography, Monika Otter explores the relationship between history and fiction in the Latin literature of twelfth-century England. The beginnings of fiction have commonly been associated with vernacular romance, but Otter demonstrates that writers of Latin historical narratives also employed the self-referential techniques characteristic of fiction. Beginning with inventiones, a genre dealing with the discovery of saints' relics, Otter reveals how exploring the fundamental problems of writing history and the nature of truth itself leads monastic or clerical Latin writers to a budding awareness of fictionality. According to Otter, accounts of conquests, treasure hunts, descents into underground worlds, and efforts (usually unsuccessful) to retrieve subterranean objects serve as self-referential metaphors for the problems of accessing and retrieving the past; they are thus designed to shake the reader's faith in historical representation and highlight the textuality of the historical account. Otter traces this self-conscious use of fictional elements within historical narrative through the works of William of Malmesbury, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Gerald of Wales, Walter Map, and William of Newburgh.A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value. Seller Inventory # AAN9780807846001

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 59.96
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Monika Otter
Published by The University of North Carolina Press, United States (1996)
ISBN 10: 0807846007 ISBN 13: 9780807846001
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The University of North Carolina Press, United States, 1996. Paperback. Condition: New. New edition. Language: English. Brand new Book. Combining literary theory and historiography, Monika Otter explores the relationship between history and fiction in the Latin literature of twelfth-century England. The beginnings of fiction have commonly been associated with vernacular romance, but Otter demonstrates that writers of Latin historical narratives also employed the self-referential techniques characteristic of fiction. Beginning with inventiones, a genre dealing with the discovery of saints' relics, Otter reveals how exploring the fundamental problems of writing history and the nature of truth itself leads monastic or clerical Latin writers to a budding awareness of fictionality. According to Otter, accounts of conquests, treasure hunts, descents into underground worlds, and efforts (usually unsuccessful) to retrieve subterranean objects serve as self-referential metaphors for the problems of accessing and retrieving the past; they are thus designed to shake the reader's faith in historical representation and highlight the textuality of the historical account. Otter traces this self-conscious use of fictional elements within historical narrative through the works of William of Malmesbury, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Gerald of Wales, Walter Map, and William of Newburgh.A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value. Seller Inventory # AAN9780807846001

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 61.29
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Monika Otter
Published by The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN 10: 0807846007 ISBN 13: 9780807846001
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The University of North Carolina Press. Paperback. Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Seller Inventory # B9780807846001

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 55.22
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.00
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Otter, Monika
Published by The University of North Carolina Press (1996)
ISBN 10: 0807846007 ISBN 13: 9780807846001
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The University of North Carolina Press, 1996. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK in 4 to 14 days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # CE-9780807846001

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 60.53
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.67
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Monika Otter
Published by The University of North Carolina Press (1996)
ISBN 10: 0807846007 ISBN 13: 9780807846001
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The University of North Carolina Press, 1996. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0807846007

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 75.76
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Otter, Monika
Published by The University of North Caroli (1996)
ISBN 10: 0807846007 ISBN 13: 9780807846001
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The University of North Caroli, 1996. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110807846007

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 85.22
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Monika Otter
ISBN 10: 0807846007 ISBN 13: 9780807846001
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-0807846007

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 130.70
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds