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By Curtis A. Gruenler

ISBN-10: 0268101620

ISBN-13: 9780268101626

during this booklet, Curtis Gruenler proposes that the concept that of the enigmatic, latent in a variety of medieval brooding about literature, can assist us greater comprehend in medieval phrases a lot of the era’s such a lot enduring literature, from the riddles of the Anglo-Saxon bishop Aldhelm to the nice vernacular works of Dante, Chaucer, Julian of Norwich, and, principally, Langland’s Piers Plowman. Riddles, rhetoric, and theology—the 3 fields of that means of aenigma in medieval Latin—map a manner of brooding about examining and writing vague literature that used to be commonly shared around the heart a while. The poetics of enigma hyperlinks inquiry approximately language by way of theologians with theologically bold literature. every one experience of enigma brings out a facet of this poetics. The playfulness of riddling, either oral and literate, was once joined to a Christian imaginative and prescient of literature by way of Aldhelm and the outdated English riddles of the Exeter publication. outlined in rhetoric as an imprecise allegory, enigma was once condemned by way of classical professionals yet resurrected below the impression of Augustine as an relief to contemplation. Its theological importance follows from a favourite biblical verse between medieval theologians, “We see now via a replicate in an enigma, then head to head” (1 Cor. 13:12). besides different examples of the poetics of enigma, Piers Plowman will be noticeable as a fruits of centuries of mirrored image at the value of imprecise language for understanding and taking part in never-ending mysteries of divinity and humanity and a bridge to the significance of the enigmatic in sleek literature. This booklet may be specially priceless for students and undergraduate scholars attracted to medieval eu literature, literary concept, and contemplative theology.

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