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The Experience of Beauty in the Middle Ages

Mary Carruthers


This book articulates a new approach to medieval aesthetic values, emphasizing the sensory and emotional basis of all medieval arts, the love of play and fine craftsmanship, of puzzles, and of strong contrasts. This book offers an understanding of medieval literature and art that is rooted in the perceptions and feelings of ordinary life, made up of play and laughter as well as serious work. Medieval stylistic values of variety, sweetness, good taste, and ordinary beauty are grounded in classical and medieval biological theories of change and flux in the human body, not only in symbolism and t ... More

Keywords: medieval aesthetic values, medieval art, craftsmanship, medieval literature, medieval stylistic values, symbolism, theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199590322
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199590322.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Carruthers, author
Remarque Professor of Literature (Emeritus), New York University