The Experience of Beauty in the Middle Ages

Paperback | October 25, 2014

byMary Carruthers

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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. Written for a general educated audience as well as students and scholars in thefield, it offers an understanding of medieval literature and art that is rooted in the perceptions and feelings of ordinary life, made up of play and laughter as well as serious work.

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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. Written for a general educated audience as well as students and scholars in thefield, it offers an understanding of medieval...

Mary Carruthers studies memory training and rhetorical practices of the Middle Ages, in universities and monasteries, clerical and court cultures, focussing in particular on compositional and performative practice in the arts of the twelfth through the mid-fifteenth centuries in Europe. Her work has been fruitful to scholars in a numbe...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:246 pagesPublished:October 25, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198723253

ISBN - 13:9780198723257

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Making Sense1. Artful Play2. Sensory Complexion and Style3. Taking the Bitter with the Sweet4. Taste and Good Taste5. Varietas6. Ordinary Beauty

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"Mary Carruthers is well-known to medievalists across the disciplines for her pioneering work on the art of memory, which has transformed the way in which we think about medieval processes of learning. . . This is not a book to be read in a single sitting. Readers will want to savor theessays, chew them over in order to release their flavor." --The Medieval Review