The Book of Memory: A Study of Memory in Medieval Culture

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Cambridge University Press, 1990 - History - 393 pages
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The Book of Memory is a wide-ranging and beautifully illustrated account of the workings and function of memory in medieval society. Memory was the psychological faculty valued above all others in the period stretching from late antiquity through to the Renaissance. The medieval assumption that human learning is above all based in memorative processes had profound implications for the contemporary understanding of all creative activity, and the social role of literature and art. Dr Carruthers looks at models for the understanding of memory, examines scholastic and early humanist adaptations of classical mnemotechniques, and throughout offers examples from the works of Dante, Chaucer, Aquinas and others. This study by a literary scholar draws upon insights from a variety of disciplines, including modern hermeneutical theory, art history and codicology, psychology and anthropology, the histories of medicine, education, and of meditation and spirituality. It will be important to students in all these fields who value interdisciplinary approaches to historical material.
  

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Review: The Book of Memory: A Study of Memory in Medieval Culture

User Review  - Maradox - Goodreads

I liked this way better than the Yates. Read full review

Review: The Book of Memory: A Study of Memory in Medieval Culture

User Review  - Stephen - Goodreads

This is a great book, both for people interested in insights into Medieval culture, and for those looking for a sympathetic examination of the value and methods of training one's memory. Read full review

Contents

Models for the memory
16
Descriptions of the neuropsychology of memory
46
Elementary memory design
80
The arts of memory
122
Memory and the ethics of reading
156
Memory and authority
189
Memory and the book
221
Afterword
258
Appendix A
261
Appendix B
267
Appendix C
281
Notes
289
Bibliography
351
Index of manuscripts
372
General index
374
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Mary Carruthers is the author of The Craft of Thought (Cambridge 1998) and The Medieval Craft of Memory (University of Pennsylvania 2002) as well as of The Book of Memory (1990 and 2008). She divides her time between New York City and Oxford, where she holds the positions of Remarque Professor of Literature at New York University and Fellow of All Souls College.

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