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The Experience of Beauty in the Middle Ages By Mary Carruthers (Remarque Professor of Literature (Emeritus), New York University)

The Experience of Beauty in the Middle Ages
by Mary Carruthers (Remarque Professor of Literature (Emeritus), New York University)

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This book articulates a new approach to medieval aesthetic values, emphasizing the sensory and emotional basis of all medieval arts, their love of play and fine craftsmanship, of puzzles, and of strong contrasts.It offers an understanding of medieval literature and art that is rooted in the perceptions and feelings of ordinary life.
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The Experience of Beauty in the Middle Ages by Mary Carruthers (Remarque Professor of Literature (Emeritus), New York University)

This book articulates a new approach to medieval aesthetic values, emphasizing the sensory and emotional basis of all medieval arts, their love of play and fine craftsmanship, of puzzles, and of strong contrasts. Written for a general educated audience as well as students and scholars in the field, it offers an understanding of medieval literature and art that is rooted in the perceptions and feelings of ordinary life, made up of play and laughter as well as serious work. Medieval stylistic values of variety, sweetness, good taste, and ordinary beauty are grounded in classical and medieval biological theories of change and flux in the human body, not only in symbolism and theology. The book will appeal to all lovers of medieval arts, literature, architecture, music, and painting, as well as serious students of religion and the language of beauty.

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The Experience of Beauty in the Middle Ages Reviews


Readers will want to savor the essays, chew them over in order to release their flavor ... this deceptively slim book suggests a revision of everything we think about the medieval understanding and experience of faith * Rachel Fulton Brown, The Medieval Review *
The Experience of Beauty in the Middle Ages is a jumble of interesting and perceptive insights into the conceptual underpinnings of medieval art, architecture, and literature. * Stephen Jaeger, The American Historical Review *

About Mary Carruthers (Remarque Professor of Literature (Emeritus), New York University)


Mary Carruthers studies memory training and rhetorical practices of the Middle Ages, in universities and monasteries, clerical and court cultures, focussing in particular on compositional and performative practice in the arts of the twelfth through the mid-fifteenth centuries in Europe. Her work has been fruitful to scholars in a number of other disciplines besides literature, including cultural history, comparative religion, the history of psychology and education, art and architecture history, and musicology. She received her BA from Wellesley College and her PhD from Yale University, both in English language and literature, though her work now is mainly with Latin materials. She retired from New York University in 2011. In Oxford she has been George Eastman Visiting Professor and Fellow of All Souls College. She is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Making Sense ; 1. Artful Play ; 2. Sensory Complexion and Style ; 3. Taking the Bitter with the Sweet ; 4. Taste and Good Taste ; 5. Varietas ; 6. Ordinary Beauty

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GOR009959496
The Experience of Beauty in the Middle Ages by Mary Carruthers (Remarque Professor of Literature (Emeritus), New York University)
Mary Carruthers (Remarque Professor of Literature (Emeritus), New York University)
Oxford-Warburg Studies
Used - Like New
Hardback
Oxford University Press
2013-07-03
246
019959032X
9780199590322
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