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The Book of Memory
A Study of Memory in Medieval Culture

2nd Edition

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature

  • Date Published: June 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521716314

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  • Mary Carruthers’s classic study of the training and uses of memory for a variety of purposes in European cultures during the Middle Ages has fundamentally changed the way scholars understand medieval culture. This fully revised and updated second edition considers afresh all the material and conclusions of the first. While responding to new directions in research inspired by the original, this new edition devotes much more attention to the role of trained memory in composition, whether of literature, music, architecture, or manuscript books. The new edition will reignite the debate on memory in medieval studies and, like the first, will be essential reading for scholars of history, music, the arts and literature, as well as those interested in issues of orality and literacy (anthropology), in the working and design of memory (both neuropsychology and artificial memory), and in the disciplines of meditation (religion).

    • A fully revised edition of this classic work of medieval scholarship
    • The text, notes and bibliography have been updated to take recent advances in the field into account
    • Illustrated with a number of medieval images, some replaced since the first edition
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: June 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521716314
    • length: 540 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 155 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.86kg
    • contains: 30 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the second edition
    Introduction
    1. Models for the memory
    2. Descriptions of the neuropsychology of memory
    3. Elementary memory design
    4. The arts of memory
    5. Memory and the ethics of reading
    6. Memory and authority
    7. Memory and the book
    Appendices
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index of manuscripts
    General index.

  • Author

    Mary Carruthers, New York University and All Souls College, Oxford
    Mary Carruthers is the author of The Craft of Thought (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and The Medieval Craft of Memory (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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