Literary Language and Its Public in Late Latin Antiquity and in the Middle Ages

Literary Language and Its Public in Late Latin Antiquity and in the Middle Ages

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by Erich Auerbach, Annie Auerbach
     
 

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In this, his final book, Erich Auerbach writes, "My purpose is always to write history." Tracing the transformations of classical Latin rhetoric from late antiquity to the modern era, he explores major concerns raised in his Mimesis: the historical and social contexts in which writings were received, and issues of aesthetics, semantics, stylistics, and

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In this, his final book, Erich Auerbach writes, "My purpose is always to write history." Tracing the transformations of classical Latin rhetoric from late antiquity to the modern era, he explores major concerns raised in his Mimesis: the historical and social contexts in which writings were received, and issues of aesthetics, semantics, stylistics, and sociology that anticipate the concerns of the new historicism.

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The Virginia Quarterly Review
Auerbach magically relates the story of Christian transformation of the . . . styles of classical pagan antiquity with the lowly style accepted as standard in the Middle Ages until the reemergence of the sublime style through Dante's Divine Comedy. . . .
The Times Literary Supplement
This book, like [Mimesis], is necessary reading. . . . [Its] penetration of the Western public and its language is both subtle and powerful. . . . The existence and the delights of his book and of the lifework it completed are an enormous beacon burning against despair.
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"Auerbach magically relates the story of Christian transformation of the . . . styles of classical pagan antiquity with the lowly style accepted as standard in the Middle Ages until the reemergence of the sublime style through Dante's Divine Comedy."The Virginia Quarterly Review

"This book, like [Mimesis], is necessary reading. . . . [Its] penetration of the Western public and its language is both subtle and powerful. . . . The existence and the delights of his book and of the lifework it completed are an enormous beacon burning against despair."The Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691024684
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
05/17/1993
Series:
Bollingen Series (General) Series
Edition description:
With a New foreword by Jan M. Ziolkowski
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 8.95(h) x 1.07(d)

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