Medieval and early modern art and literature show events taking place in imagined or imaginary rooms, gardens, castles, abbeys, and other architectural spaces.
Contemporary meditative practices and memory training made use of similar architectural devices.
This seminar explores the interconnectedness of the art of memory, and the visual and textual culture of the late medieval and early modern period.
- Knowledge and training
Students will be introduced to recent scholarly work on the interconnectedness of literary and art-historical approaches to medieval and early modern culture and will be trained to use this work for interpretation and analysis of texts and images
Students practice interpreting medieval and early modern imagery (both literary and visual) within contemporary cultural contexts
See the website of Literary Studies (research)
Mode of instruction
Papers (70%), presentation (20%), discussion (10%)
Mary Carruthers, The craft of thought : meditation, rhetoric, and the making of images, 400-1200. Cambridge [etc.] : Cambridge University Press, 1998 [paperback edition, 2000]
Francis Yates, The art of memory. London [etc.], 1966 [paperback editions since 2000]
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