Hermeneutics and Medieval Culture

Hermeneutics and Medieval Culture

by Patrick J. Gallacher
     
 

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This study explores the art of interpretation in works of history, art, music, and literature from the medieval period. The authors demonstrate that the search for meaning was a primary concern of medieval authors and that the history of medieval thought from Augustine to Aquinas and Ockham illustrates the dialectic of question and answer that is the foundation of

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This study explores the art of interpretation in works of history, art, music, and literature from the medieval period. The authors demonstrate that the search for meaning was a primary concern of medieval authors and that the history of medieval thought from Augustine to Aquinas and Ockham illustrates the dialectic of question and answer that is the foundation of hermeneutics. This study is the first to offer a diversity of hermeneutic approaches and themes in the context of medieval works.

The study’s interdisciplinary approach to the medieval works considered invites analysis from scholars and critics in all areas of medieval studies. The breadth of scope in addressing the art of interpretation in the various disciplines also provides a valuable general introduction to medieval culture.

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Examples and studies of interpretive approaches to medieval history, art, music, and literature. The 21 essays are grouped under four hermeneutic principles: the deliberate gap in meaning, subjectivity and objectivity, the discovery of new meanings, and the mediation between historical periods. Includes 28 illustrations of manuscripts, artwork, and architecture. Paperback edition ($16.95) not seen. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887067457
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/01/1989
Pages:
287

Meet the Author

Patrick J. Gallacher is associate professor in the Department of English at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Helen Damico is associate professor in the Department of English at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

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