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Medieval Craft of Memory An Anthology of Texts and Pictures

ISBN-10: 0812218817
ISBN-13: 9780812218817
Edition: 2002
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Description: In antiquity and the Middle Ages, memory was a craft, and certain actions and tools were thought to be necessary for its creation and recollection. Until now, however, many of the most important visual and textual sources on the topic have remained  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.50
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 12/17/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

In antiquity and the Middle Ages, memory was a craft, and certain actions and tools were thought to be necessary for its creation and recollection. Until now, however, many of the most important visual and textual sources on the topic have remained untranslated or otherwise difficult to consult. Mary Carruthers and Jan M. Ziolkowski bring together the texts and visual images from the twelfth through the fifteenth centuries that are central to an understanding of memory and memory technique. These sources are now made available for a wider audience of students of medieval and early modern history and culture and readers with an interest in memory, mnemonics, and the synergy of text and image. The art of memory was most importantly associated in the Middle Ages with composition, and those who practiced the craft used it to make new prayers, sermons, pictures, and music. The mixing of visual and verbal media was commonplace throughout medieval cultures: pictures contained visual puns, words were often verbal paintings, and both were used equally as tools for making thoughts. The ability to create pictures in one's own mind was essential to medieval cognitive technique and imagination, and the intensely pictorial and affective qualities of medieval art and literature were generative, creative devices in themselves.

Jan Ziolkowski is Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin, Harvard University, and the Director of Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.

General Introduction
Hugh of St. Victor
The Three Best Memory Aids for Learning History
Hugh of St. Victor
A Little Book About Constructing Noah's Ark
The Guidonian Hand
[Alan of Lille]
On the Six Wings of the Seraph
Boncompagno da Signa
On Memory
Albertus Magnus
Commentary on Aristotle
On Memory and Recollection
Thomas Aquinas
Commentary on Aristotle
On Memory and Recollection
Francesc Eiximenis
On Two Kinds of Order That Aid Understanding and Memory
Thomas Bradwardine
On Acquiring a Trained Memory
John of Metz
The Tower of Wisdom
Jacobus Publicius
The Art of Memory
Anonymous
A Method for Recollecting the Gospels
texts on Rhetorical Memoria from Late Antiquity Consultus Fortunatianus On Memory
On Memory General
Bibliography
List of Contributors
Index
Acknowledgments

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