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Augustine: The Confessions

Augustine: The Confessions

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Part of Landmarks of World Literature

  • Date Published: September 1993
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print December 1996
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521401043

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  • When Augustine wrote his Confessions in the last years of the fourth century, he was just over forty and had abandoned a successful career for a life of prayer and study. He interpreted his past life as a search for God, in which understanding and commitment had been frustrated by wrong education, mistaken ambition, sexual desire and sinful nature. Some readers are inspired by his brilliance and devotion, others think he misread his own past. This book discusses the transformation of Augustine's own life and of the late Roman world, the structure, style and purpose of the Confessions, and the problems of rhetoric and truth posed by Augustine's account of himself. It concludes with a brief overview of the influence of this landmark text in the history of European culture.

    • Readable introduction to one of the key texts in European culture
    • Distinctive in that it takes a literary-critical approach rather than a theological one
    • Deals with historical and philosophical context, stylistic and psychological perspectives, and the text's influence through the ages
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    • Date Published: September 1993
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521401043
    • length: 122 pages
    • dimensions: 205 x 132 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.208kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print December 1996
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Augustine's World:
    1. Africa: world politics
    2. Thagaste: family, church and school
    3. Carthage: rhetoric and religion
    4. Africa to Italy: Manichees and pagans
    5. Milan: worldly success and renunciation
    6. Return to Africa: monks and bishops
    Part II. Genre: Describing a Life:
    7. 'The first ten books are about me …'
    8. 'I want to know all about you'
    9. Spiritual biography
    Part III. True Confessions? Narrative and Memory: 10. What really happened?
    11. Multiple readings and exegesis
    12. Narrative and memory
    13. Telling stories
    14. Augustine's conversion
    Part IV. Speaking the Truth: Rhetoric and Style:
    15. Sermo humilis and variation of style
    16. Intertexts: Bible, classical culture and philosophy
    17. Hearing the Confessions
    Part V. Finding Meanings: Augustine at Carthage
    Part VI. Reading The Confessions.

  • Author

    Gillian Clark

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