Imagination, Meditation, And Cognition In The Middle Ages by Michelle KarnesImagination, Meditation, And Cognition In The Middle Ages by Michelle Karnes

Imagination, Meditation, And Cognition In The Middle Ages

byMichelle Karnes

Paperback | December 20, 2017

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In Imagination, Meditation, and Cognition in the Middle Ages, Michelle Karnes revises the history of medieval imagination with a detailed analysis of its role in the period’s meditations and theories of cognition. Karnes here understands imagination in its technical, philosophical sense, taking her cue from Bonaventure, the thirteenth-century scholastic theologian and philosopher who provided the first sustained account of how the philosophical imagination could be transformed into a devotional one. Karnes examines Bonaventure’s meditational works, the Meditationes vitae Christi, the Stimulis amoris, Piers Plowman, and Nicholas Love’s Myrrour, among others, and argues that the cognitive importance that imagination enjoyed in scholastic philosophy informed its importance in medieval meditations on the life of Christ. Emphasizing the cognitive significance of both imagination and the meditations that relied on it, she revises a long-standing association of imagination with the Middle Ages. In her account, imagination was not simply an object of suspicion but also a crucial intellectual, spiritual, and literary resource that exercised considerable authority.

Michelle Karnes is associate professor of English at the University of Notre Dame.
Title:Imagination, Meditation, And Cognition In The Middle AgesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:December 20, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022652759X

ISBN - 13:9780226527598

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Table of Contents

To the Reader

One / Aristotelian Imagination
Two / A Bonaventuran Synthesis
Three / Imagination in Bonaventure’s Meditations
Four / Exercising Imagination: The Meditationes vitae Christi and Stimulus amoris
Five / From “Wit to Wisedom”: Langland’s Ymaginatif
Six / Imagination in Translation: Love’s Myrrour and The Prickynge of Love


Editorial Reviews

"An excellent, very well-informed and well-argued study, a must-read for anyone who would understand the psychological assumptions underlying late medieval devotional and contemplative literature in particular, but also any literature of the period that deals with the cross-fertilization of imagination and spirituality—which is to say, with virtually all of late medieval literature."