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Piers Plowman and the poetics of enigma : riddles, rhetoric, and theology, Curtis A. Gruenler

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Piers Plowman and the poetics of enigma : riddles, rhetoric, and theology
Title
Piers Plowman and the poetics of enigma
Title remainder
riddles, rhetoric, and theology
Statement of responsibility
Curtis A. Gruenler
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eng
Summary
"In this book, Curtis Gruenler proposes that the concept of the enigmatic, latent in a wide range of medieval thinking about literature, can help us better understand in medieval terms much of the era's most enduring literature, from the riddles of the Anglo-Saxon bishop Aldhelm to the great vernacular works of Dante, Chaucer, Julian of Norwich, and, above all, Langland's Piers Plowman. Riddles, rhetoric, and theology--the three fields of meaning of aenigma in medieval Latin--map a way of thinking about reading and writing obscure literature that was widely shared across the Middle Ages. The poetics of enigma links inquiry about language by theologians with theologically ambitious literature. Each sense of enigma brings out an aspect of this poetics. The playfulness of riddling, both oral and literate, was joined to a Christian vision of literature by Aldhelm and the Old English riddles of the Exeter Book. Defined in rhetoric as an obscure allegory, enigma was condemned by classical authorities but resurrected under the influence of Augustine as an aid to contemplation. Its theological significance follows from a favorite biblical verse among medieval theologians, "We see now through a mirror in an enigma, then face to face" (1 Cor. 13:12). Along with other examples of the poetics of enigma, Piers Plowman can be seen as a culmination of centuries of reflection on the importance of obscure language for knowing and participating in endless mysteries of divinity and humanity and a bridge to the importance of the enigmatic in modern literature. This book will be especially useful for scholars and undergraduate students interested in medieval European literature, literary theory, and contemplative theology"--
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1964-
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Gruenler, Curtis A.
Dewey number
821/.1
Index
index present
LC call number
PR2017.A53
LC item number
G78 2017
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Langland, William
  • Ambiguity in literature
  • Riddles in literature
  • Langland, William
  • Poetics
  • Aesthetics, Medieval
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / Renaissance
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / Medieval
  • Langland, William
  • Aesthetics
  • Aesthetics, Medieval
  • Ambiguity in literature
  • Poetics
  • Riddles in literature
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Piers Plowman and the poetics of enigma : riddles, rhetoric, and theology, Curtis A. Gruenler
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Language for a theology of participation, theory for a poetics of enigma -- Riddling traditions, participatory play, and Langland's first vision -- Riddle contests and Langland's fourth vision -- Enigma in the curriculum: Langland's third vision -- Enigmatic authority: Langland's second vision -- Enigma and participation in Langland's fifth vision and Julian's Revelation -- Games of heaven, games of Earth: ending with enigmas -- Epilogue
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 586 pages
Isbn
9780268101626
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016053425
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
Other control number
40026973608
System control number
  • (OCoLC)962258359
  • (OCoLC)ocn962258359
Label
Piers Plowman and the poetics of enigma : riddles, rhetoric, and theology, Curtis A. Gruenler
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Language for a theology of participation, theory for a poetics of enigma -- Riddling traditions, participatory play, and Langland's first vision -- Riddle contests and Langland's fourth vision -- Enigma in the curriculum: Langland's third vision -- Enigmatic authority: Langland's second vision -- Enigma and participation in Langland's fifth vision and Julian's Revelation -- Games of heaven, games of Earth: ending with enigmas -- Epilogue
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 586 pages
Isbn
9780268101626
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016053425
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
Other control number
40026973608
System control number
  • (OCoLC)962258359
  • (OCoLC)ocn962258359

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