The Invention of the Eyewitness: Witnessing and Testimony in Early Modern France
In an examination of eyewitness travel writing in thirteenth- through sixteenth-century France, Andrea Frisch studies the figure of the witness at a historical juncture and in a cultural context in which that figure is generally thought to have begun to assume a recognizably modern form and function.
Whereas most accounts of early modern travel literature tend to read modern presuppositions about witnessing and testimony back into the material, Frisch approaches the early modern witness in terms of the cultural legacy of the Middle Ages. Through primary readings in law and theology, Frisch documents the tension between the ethical witness (the characteristic witness of premodernity) and the epistemic witness (the modern witness) and explores the impact of that tension on the figure of the witness in pre- and early modern French-language travel literature.
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Witnessing and Testimony in Early Modern France Andrea Frisch ... Moreover ,
as I discuss at more length in chapter five , early written records of inquisitional
testimony were not considered to be testimony in another form ; they were , rather
This may explain why neither folklaw testimony nor early inquisitional testimony
can be properly understood in terms of the first person that Derrida adopts . In
both medieval folklaw and early modern inquisitional procedure , the accusations
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antecedents that were well known to Rabelais ' s more learned reading public ( in
the Bible , Dante ' s Divina Commedia , and Lucian ' s True History , respectively )