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This front matter section of this book titled Ordering Chaos: The Self and the Cosmos in Twelfth-Century Latin Prosimetrum contains the Table of Contents and the Preface. The book presents twelfth-century Latin prosimetrum as a species of writing particularly representative of its time. It focuses on a few features shared by five prosimetrical texts in order to point out how some of the eras most notable literary habits and ethical and anthropological concerns resonate within them. For some writers, prosimetrum is a problem-solving form: each recognizes some chaos, disturbance, or imbalance in the micro- or macrocosm; each expresses the desire to harmonize, order, and improve upon it; and each investigates, via the text, whether this kind of ordering is indeed achievable.

Keywords: chaos; twelfth-century Latin prosimetrum



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