The Unfolding of Words: Commentary in the Age of Erasmus (Erasmus Studies)

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Leading sixteenth-century scholars such as Martin Luther and Desiderius Erasmus used print technology to engage in dialogue and debate with authoritative contemporary texts. By what Juan Luis Vives termed 'the unfolding of words,' these humanists gave old works new meanings in brief notes and extensive commentaries, full paraphrases, or translations. This critique challenged the Middle Ages' deference to authors and authorship and resulted in some of the most original thought - and most violent controversy - of the Renaissance and Reformation.

The Unfolding of Words brings together international scholarship to explore crucial changes in writers' interactions with religious and classical texts. This collection focuses particularly on commentaries by Erasmus, contextualizing his Annotations and Paraphrases on the New Testament against broader currents and works by such contemporaries as François Rabelais and Jodocus Badius. The Unfolding of Words tracks humanist explorations of the possibilities of the page that led to the modern dictionary, encyclopedia, and scholarly edition.

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Judith Rice Henderson is a professor in the Department of English and is active in the Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Program at the University of Saskatchewan.

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‘This is an excellent volume — an education for the novice and a provocation to further scholarship to the expert.’ (R. Ward Holder Renaissance Quarterly vol 66:04:2013)

‘The great value of present collection is the degree to which these essays demonstrate the indispensability of commentary in the Renaissance, how integral theories and practices of commentary were to a vibrant intellectual world.’ (Russ Leo Sixteenth Century Journal vol 65:02:2014)

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