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After Augustine

Author: Brian Stock
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812203046
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Augustine of Hippo was the most prolific and influential writer on reading between antiquity and the Renaissance, though he left no systematic treatise on the subject. His reluctance to synthesize his views on other important themes such as the sacraments suggests that he would have been skeptical of any attempt to bring his statements on reading into a formal theory. Yet Augustine has remained the point of reference to which all later writers invariably return in their search for the roots of problems concerning reading and interpretation in the West. Using Augustine as the touchstone, Brian Stock considers the evolution of the meditative reader within Western reading practices from classical times to the Renaissance. He looks to the problem of self-knowledge in the reading culture of late antiquity; engages the related question of ethical values and literary experience in the same period; and reconsiders Erich Auerbach's interpretation of ancient literary realism. In subsequent chapters, Stock moves forward to the Middle Ages to explore the attitude of medieval Latin authors toward the genre of autobiography as a model for self-representation and takes up the problem of reading, writing, and the self in Petrarch. He compares the role of the reader in Augustine's City of God and Thomas More's Utopia, and, in a final important move, reframes the problem of European cultural identity by shifting attention from the continuity and change in spoken language to significant shifts in the practice of spiritual, silent reading in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. A richly rewarding reflection on the history and nature of reading, After Augustine promises to be a centerpiece of discussions about the discovery of the self through literature.

Buchwissenschaft In Deutschland

Author: Ursula Rautenberg
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3110211920
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In the competition with modern digital media, the book has commanded the attention of a wider public as a medium with its specific advantages and communicative achievements. This collected volume presents the findings of research into the book, institutions and associations concerned with expert communication, concepts of teaching in book studies, bibliophile societies and research libraries. Over 40 renowned scholars have collaborated to provide a handbook giving an overview of research into book studies in Germany which will not only appeal to experts in the field but will also be of interest to the historical neighbouring disciplines of cultural and media studies.

Reading The Bible Theologically

Author: Darren Sarisky
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108497489
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Examines what theological reading is, and how it shapes the interpretation of Biblical text through explicit focus on the reader.