The Craft of Thought
Meditation, Rhetoric, and the Making of Images, 400-1200
By (author) Mary Carruthers
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Craft of Thought by Mary Carruthers
Book DescriptionThe Craft of Thought, first published in 1998, is a companion to Mary Carruthers' earlier study of memory in medieval culture, The Book of Memory. This more recent volume examines medieval monastic meditation as a discipline for making thoughts, and discusses its influence on literature, art, and architecture. In a process akin to today's 'creative' thinking, or 'cognition', this discipline recognises the essential roles of imagination and emotion in meditation. Deriving examples from a variety of late antique and medieval sources, with excursions into modern architectural memorials, this study emphasises meditation as an act of literary composition or invention, the techniques of which notably involved both words and making mental 'pictures' for thinking and composing.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521795418
(228mm x 152mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Oct-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Mary Carruthers
Experience of Beauty in the Middle Ages, Paperback (September 2014)
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.
Rhetoric Beyond Words, Paperback (December 2013)
This book analyses collaborative activities across the visual arts to show the power of non-verbal rhetoric in the Middle Ages.
Book of Memory, Hardback (May 2008)» View all books by Mary Carruthers
A fully revised and updated edition of this influential work of scholarship.
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Author Biography - Mary Carruthers
Mary Carruthers is the author of The Craft of Thought (Cambridge 1998) and The Medieval Craft of Memory (University of Pennsylvania 2002) as well as of The Book of Memory (1990 and 2008). She divides her time between New York City and Oxford, where she holds the positions of Remarque Professor of Literature at New York University and Fellow of All Souls College.
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