The Artificiality of Christianity Hardback

Essays on the Poetics of Monasticism

by M.B. Pranger;

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The Artificiality of Christianity

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The writings of Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109) reveal how the monastic mind, oscillating between hope and despair, was absorbed in technical exercises rather than in religious emotions. Early on monasticism had developed procedures for "ruminating on" the Bible and the works of the Church Fathers. Applying the art of logic to this theme, Anselm offers a denser version of monastic meditation that constitutes a poetics of monastic literature. Before engaging Anselm's works, this book addresses texts - by Gregory the Great, Bernard of Clairvaux, Rupert of Deutz, and Richard of St. Victor - based on the same principles. In them, the potentially violent nature of an existence in which time has almost come to a halt manifests itself in a vision of the act of reading as a struggle with the text and as violent, amorous passion. The book then traces the decline of the monastic poetical principle in the writings of John of the Cross, Pierre de Berulle, Calvin, and Ignatius of Loyola. A concluding chapter on Ignatius and James Joyce shows how the poetics of monasticism both survives and is exiled in modernist literature.

The Artificiality of Christianity by M.B. Pranger was published by Stanford University Press in October 2002. The ISBN for The Artificiality of Christianity is 9780804745246.

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Page last updated 4th May 2017
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherStanford University Press (October 2002)
Number of Pages352
Thickness25 mm
Height230 mm
Width175 mm
Product Code1159597
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