Consolation in Medieval Narrative

McMahon, Robert P. Augustine's Prayerful Ascent: An Essay on the Literary Form of the Confessions. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1989. ———. “Autobiography as TextWork: Augustine's Refiguring of Genesis 3 and Ovid's 'Narcissus' in ...

Author: C. Schrock

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137447814

Category: Literary Criticism

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Medieval writers such as Chaucer, Abelard, and Langland often overlaid personal story and sacred history to produce a distinct narrative form. The first of its kind, this study traces this widely used narrative tradition to Augustine's two great histories: Confessions and City of God .
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The Wine of Absurdity

Studies the religious uses of imagination in the works of Yeats, D. H. Lawrence, Camus, Sartre, T. S. Eliot, and other 20th century writers.

Author: Paul West

Publisher: U. Park Pennsylvania State U

ISBN: STANFORD:36105018818547

Category: Literature, Modern

Page: 272

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Studies the religious uses of imagination in the works of Yeats, D. H. Lawrence, Camus, Sartre, T. S. Eliot, and other 20th century writers.
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The Final Elegy the Consolation of the Classics in Old Age

as consolation. As John B. Vickery has documented, the literature of contemporary consolation is not limited to poetry nor its subjects reserved to the loss of death; it extends to prose works, which find losses which range to the loss ...

Author: Richard Oliver Brooks

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781669840442

Category: Philosophy

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Old age is a time of losses- permanent, cumulative and irreversible. These losses include our loss of work in retirement, the eclipse of our past, our biological decline, dependency resulting from such decline, the foreshortening of our future, the abandonment of belief in our own improvement and our society’s progress, and, of course, our death. This book views these losses as part of an elegy of old age. Elegy is a poetic or prose mourning of loss. Sadness and other emotions result. With elegiac understanding we detach ourselves from these losses to seek and find consolation. This book is concerned with achieving intellectual detachment through meditative reflection with the help of reading and appreciating the classics. The final stage of the old age elegy- consolation can be found, at least in part, within the classics-“the garlands of repose”. The classics are broadly defined by Matthew Arnold as: “the best that [has} been thought and said: { or found in the fine arts}. To benefit from the classis requires a life-long liberal education. This education begins with an introduction to the classics in youth, makes use of them during our adult lives, and supplies their conclusion for old age meditation. Such significant works enable us to place the losses we suffer within an intellectual framework of perennial ideas. It is by means of such an intellectual framework that we secure consolation in old age. Classic works familiarize us deeply with the losses and emotions we endure-suggest substitutes for the goods of the life we have lost in old age, offer opportunities of catharsis for the sadness we experience and help us transform ourselves in old age. Classics help us see old age and its losses as part of a complete life which hold a unique value of its own, while remaining part of larger nature processes, history and intellectual traditions.
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The Thessalonians Debate

Chapa then gives a survey of the passages in 1 Thessalonians that could function in a letter of consolation.34 In 2 ... contains some rhetorical strategies current in literature of consolation which seem to fit a situation of some sort ...

Author: Karl P. Donfried

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802843743

Category: Religion

Page: 408

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First Thessalonians is one of the most discussed books of the New Testament. This volume by today's top Thessalonians scholars introduces readers to the current scholarly debate on Paul's earliest letter, discussing the difficult challenges that 1 Thessalonians poses to modern readers and explaining the various methods now being used to interpret this important New Testament letter.
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Approaches to Lucretius

... is a commonplace in virtually all consolatory literature, and I believe that we may take this passage in Lucretius as evidence that the Epicureans too adopted such an attitude.48 Here the literature of consolation, and especially ...

Author: Donncha O'Rourke

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108421966

Category: Literary Collections

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Takes stock of existing approaches in the interpretation of Lucretius, innovates within these, and advances in new directions.
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Christian Examiner and Theological Review

PEABODY'S SERMONS ON CONSOLATION . * - Books of consolation have increased among us of late years . An example was set by the " Offering of Sympathy , " an excellent little book , which , though specially designed to meet cases of ...



ISBN: UCAL:B3078928

Category: Religion

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The Consolation of Philosophy

CHADWICK , H. , Boethius : The Consolations of Music , Logic , Theology , and Philosophy ( Oxford , 1981 ) . ... CURLEY , T. F. , ' The Consolation of Philosophy as a Work of Literature ' , AJP ( 1987 ) , 343-67 .

Author: Boethius

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198152280

Category: Literary Criticism

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The circumstances of composition, the heroic demeanour of the author, and the 'Menippean' texture of part prose, part verse (Boethius was a considerable poet) have combined to exercise a fascination over students of philosophy and literature ever since. The book should therefore prove to be of value to students and scholars of classics, philosophy, and religion as well as to more general readers.
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An Annotated Bibliography of 1 and 2 Thessalonians

Nevertheless, 1 Thessalonians contains some rhetorical strategies current in literature of consolation. One is justified in calling it a consoling letter without intending to exclude other valid purposes.

Author: Weima

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004379954

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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This bibliography lists some 1300 works, most of which are annotated, that are germane for the interpretation of 1 and 2 Thessalonians. It includes all relevant works written in the 20th century as well as a sizeable number of important sources from the 19th century.
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Essays in the Numerical Criticism of Medieval Literature

The progres- sion does not evolve from changes in subject matter , for in its subject matter the Consolation is ... As will be shown , the five books of the Consolation progress through successive levels of the cognitive hierarchy .

Author: Caroline D. Eckhardt

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 0838720196

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 252

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The essays in this collection are attempts to understand medieval aesthetic principles and products, not to champion the numerical approach. All the essays share a confidence that when Chaucer, for example, wrote alle thynges been ordeyned and nombred, he was enunciating a philosophical and aesthetic principle of fundamental importance to medieval thought.
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The Cambridge Companion to Boethius

This chapter concerns itself primarily with the literary interpretation of the Consolation. This will involve taking account of generic markers, sources, allusions, and narrative patterns and structures to read the Consolation ...

Author: John Marenbon

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139828154

Category: Philosophy


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Boethius (c.480–c.525/6), though a Christian, worked in the tradition of the Neoplatonic schools, with their strong interest in Aristotelian logic and Platonic metaphysics. He is best known for his Consolation of Philosophy, which he wrote in prison awaiting execution. His works also include a long series of logical translations, commentaries and monographs and some short but densely-argued theological treatises, all of which were enormously influential on medieval thought. But Boethius was more than a writer who passed on important ancient ideas to the Middle Ages. The essays here by leading specialists, which cover all the main aspects of his writing and its influence, show that he was a distinctive thinker, whose arguments repay careful analysis and who used his literary talents in conjunction with his philosophical abilities to present a complex view of the world.
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