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Romanic Review - Category Crossings: Bruno Latour and Medieval Modes of Existence

09 May 2020
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Category Crossings: Bruno Latour and Medieval Modes of Existence

Special Issue Editor(s): Marilynn Desmond, Noah D. Guynn Bruno Latour’s philosophical project has long been conceived as a critique of modernity, starting with enlightenment dualisms (e.g., nature/culture, words/things, sacred/secular) and extending to the cyber age’s promise of unmediated access to knowledge (what Latour calls “Double Click”). Contributors to this special issue consider the relevance of this critique for the study of the medieval premodern and ask how Latour’s call for a renewal of metaphysics—and for a diplomatic encounter between the various modes of existence—might be used to defamiliarize modern intellectual habits.

Contributors: Anke Bernau, Emma Campbell, Marilynn Desmond, Mary Franklin-Brown, Jane Gilbert, Miranda Griffin, Noah D. Guynn, Graham Harman, Catherine Keen, Luke Sunderland.


We Have Always Been Medieval: Bruno Latour and Double Click, Metaphysics and Modernity Marilynn Desmond (Noah D. Guynn)

On the Trail of the Sibyl’s Mountain: Antoine de la Sale’s Le Paradis de la Reine Sibylle (Miranda Griffin)

Form and/as Mode of Existence (Jane Gilbert)

Extracomunitario?: Networks and Brunetto Latini (Catherine Keen)

Fugitive Figures: On the Modes of Existence of Medieval Automata (Mary Franklin-Brown)

“Go Little Book”: The Matter of Troy and the Ecology of the Medieval Codex (Marilynn Desmond)

Visualizing Elemental Ontology in the Livre des propriétés des choses (Luke Sunderland)

Sound and Vision: Bruno Latour and the Languages of Philippe de Thaon’s Bestiaire (Emma Campbell)

Bruno Latour and the Loving Assumptions of [REL] (Anke Bernau)

Binocular Vision: Enchantment and Disenchantment, Metaphysics and Phenomenology on the Late Medieval Stage (Noah D. Guynn)

Response from a Quasi-Latourian (Graham Harman)

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