Academic journal article Theological Studies

Augustine beyond the Book: Intermediality, Transmediality, and Reception

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Augustine beyond the Book: Intermediality, Transmediality, and Reception

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AUGUSTINE BEYOND THE BOOK: INTERMEDIALITY, TRANSMEDIALITY, AND RECEPTION. Edited by Karla Pollmann and Meredith J. Gill. Brill Series in Church History 58. Religious History and Culture Series 6. Boston: Brill, 2012. Pp. xxiii + 362. $144.

Scholarship since the rise of historical criticism has labored to remove accretions that obscure our vision of an antique author. This collection of conference essays turns that impulse on its head by focusing instead on how Augustine of Hippo has been remembered in other media, such as visual art, drama, sermons and devotional literature, music, or in the discussions of later sciences. In a figure so monumental for Western culture, how Augustine has been recalled at a given time is itself a serious matter of academic inquiry, regardless of whether later scholarship has shown such readings to be less-than-accurate renderings of Augustine's thought or intentions.

The bulk of these essays focuses on the Late Medieval and Reformation/ Early Modern periods, with more contemporary investigation coming in papers tracing Augustine in Orthodox iconography, 20th-century music, and modern psychotherapy. But the emphasis is rightly placed in that stretch of time that pivots on the Reformation, when Augustine was arguably the weightiest authority invoked in Christendom, outside Scripture. …

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