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This introduction provides an overview of the concepts discussed in this book. The book takes as its starting point an approach to textual criticism that calls itself New Philology. The book demands attention for the dynamic changes in the physical appearances and contexts of literary, philosophical and religious texts over time. It seeks to evaluate the merits of this approach in four papers that combine theoretical reflections with either a modern or historical literary or religious text. The book reveals the relevance of seemingly unrelated theoretical frameworks and methods to the study of narrativity and narrative reception. It studies the triangular relation between canonical and legendary texts, the genre of sacred drama, and painting in the construction of a specific iconographical theme. The book discusses the dynamics of the process of translation, transmission and reception of the Latin Bible into the vernaculars during the late Middle Ages.

Keywords: iconographical theme; Latin Bible; literary text; Middle Ages; New Philology; philosophical text; religious text



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