In the Vineyard of the Text: A Commentary to Hugh's Didascalicon

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In a work with profound implications for the electronic age, Ivan Illich explores how revolutions in technology affect the way we read and understand text.

Examining the Didascalicon of Hugh of St. Victor, Illich celebrates the culture of the book from the twelfth century to the present. Hugh's work, at once an encyclopedia and guide to the art of reading, reveals a twelfth-century revolution as sweeping as that brought about by the invention of the printing press and equal in ...

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Overview


In a work with profound implications for the electronic age, Ivan Illich explores how revolutions in technology affect the way we read and understand text.

Examining the Didascalicon of Hugh of St. Victor, Illich celebrates the culture of the book from the twelfth century to the present. Hugh's work, at once an encyclopedia and guide to the art of reading, reveals a twelfth-century revolution as sweeping as that brought about by the invention of the printing press and equal in magnitude only to the changes of the computer ageā€”the transition from reading as a vocal activity done in the monastery to reading as a predominantly silent activity performed by and for individuals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226372365
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 162
  • Sales rank: 1,079,741
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Reading toward Wisdom 7
Incipit
Auctoritas
Studium
Disciplina
Sapientia
Lumen
The Page as Mirror
The New Self
Amicitia
2 Order, Memory, and History 29
Never Look Down on Anything
Ordo
Artes
The Treasure Chest in the Reader's Heart
The History of Memory
The Lawyer's Skill at the Service of Prayer
Memory Training as Prelude to Wisdom
Historia as Foundation
All Creation Is Pregnant
3 Monastic Reading 51
Meditation
Communities of Mumblers
The Page as a Vineyard and Garden
Lectio as a Way of Life
Otia Monastica
The Demise of the Lectio Divina
4 Lectio in Latin 66
Latin Monasticism
Gregorian Chant
The Latin Monopoly Over Letters
5 Scholastic Reading 74
Hugh Adds a Preface
The Duty to Read
In Spite of Slender Income
The Canon Regular Edifies by His Lectio
The Flipping of the Page
The New Cleric Monopolizes Letters
Silent Reading
The Scholastic Dictatio
6 From Recorded Speech to the Record of Thought 93
The Alphabet as a Technology
From the Trace of Utterance to the Mirror of Concept
From the Comment on a Story to the Story About a Subject
Ordinatio: Visible Patterns
Statim Inveniri: Instant Access
Alphabetic Indexing
Author Versus Compiler, Commentator, and Scribe
Layout
Illuminatio Versus Illustratio
The Portable Book
7 From Book to Text 115
Toward a History of the Text as Object
The Abstraction of the Text
Lingua and Textus
"All Things Are Pregnant"
Bibliography 125
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