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Intentio operis: Reading Anonymous Texts

John Barton

in Ancient Egyptian Literature: Theory and Practice

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780197265420
eISBN:
9780191760471
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265420.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Readers of ancient texts often assume that they are looking for the meaning intended by the author. Trends in modern literary theory, from the ‘New Criticism’ to structuralism and postmodern ... More


Theories of the Text

D. C. Greetham

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198119937
eISBN:
9780191671265
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119937.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Theories of the Text is a comprehensive account of the changing practice of bibliography, textual criticism, and scholarly editing in the light of the diverse currents of contemporary ... More


William as Exegete

Timothy Bellamah, O.P.

in The Biblical Interpretation of William of Alton

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199753604
eISBN:
9780199918812
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753604.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Chapter 3 considers William’s exegesis. Thirteenth-century biblical interpretation was marked by an increasing interest in the literal sense and a progressive tendency to identify it with the ... More


The Biblical Interpretation of William of Alton

Timothy F. Bellamah

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199753604
eISBN:
9780199918812
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753604.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

A Dominican friar and regent master at Paris during the mid-thirteenth century, William of Alton was an important representative of university exegesis at a time of remarkable intellectual ... More


Original Meanings and Historical Interpretation

Nicholas Jardine

in The Scenes of Inquiry: On the Reality of Questions in the Sciences

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198250395
eISBN:
9780191681288
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198250395.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter begins by reviewing the question-oriented account of historical understanding of explaining scenes of inquiry, local reality, and interpretation. It follows with an argument of an ... More


Intentions and the Recovery of Meaning

in As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval Kabbalist

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759137
eISBN:
9780804774871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759137.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

In his Me'irat 'Einayim, a metacommentary on Nahmanides' work Commentary on the Torah, Isaac ben Samuel of Akko interprets meaning as unfixed or flexible, but does not assert the full autonomy of the ... More


The Peculiar Opportunities of English

Geoffrey Galt Harpham

in What Do You Think, Mr. Ramirez?: The American Revolution in Education

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226480787
eISBN:
9780226480954
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226480954.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The American system gives extraordinary prominence not just to the humanities, but also to the discipline of English, which was thought to be the central discipline of the curriculum. In order to be ... More


Letter versus Spirit

Martin Camper

in Arguing over Texts: The Rhetoric of Interpretation

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780190677121
eISBN:
9780190677152
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190677121.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

Chapter 4 turns its attention to the stasis of letter versus spirit. Traditionally, this stasis has been understood as pitting the exact words of a text against the author’s intent, but the chapter ... More


There’s No Such Thing as Interpreting a Text

Martin Jay Stone

in New Directions in Law and Literature

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2017
ISBN:
9780190456368
eISBN:
9780190456399
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190456368.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Positively, this chapter sets out various structural differences between literary and legal interpretation. Negatively, it criticizes views of legal and literary interpretation that attempt to derive ... More


Notes from the House of the Dead: Ridiculous Jew, Existential Christian, Hagiographic Muslim, and the Intentional Text

in The Ridiculous Jew: The Exploitation and Transformation of a Stereotype in Gogol, Turgenev, and Dostoevsky

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759526
eISBN:
9780804769853
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759526.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

In its representation of the Jew, Notes from the House of the Dead looks backward to an older tradition, showing a good deal more in common with Gogol's Yankel than with the literary Jew of the ... More


Ambiguity

Martin Camper

in Arguing over Texts: The Rhetoric of Interpretation

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780190677121
eISBN:
9780190677152
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190677121.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

Chapter 2 examines disputes over ambiguity, in which interpreters argue over a single linguistic form that evokes distinct alternative meanings. The chapter classifies three types of ambiguity ... More


Filling the Gaps

Lilah Grace Canevaro

in Hesiod’s Works and Days: How to Teach Self-Sufficiency

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780198729549
eISBN:
9780191796401
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729549.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Chapter 5 contextualizes the discussion, asking: is the Works and Days unique? This chapter argues that the Works and Days has two main selling points: the remarkable balance between modes of ... More


‘Our Literary History in the Making’: The Persistence of the Literary Press, 1969–2000

Siobhán Holland

in The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Volume V: The Irish Book in English, 1891-2000

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199249114
eISBN:
9780191803383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199249114.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines the state of publishing in Ireland between 1969 and 2000, with particular emphasis on the literary press. It considers how profits obtained from ‘original, creative’ work by ... More


Hesiod’s Works and Days: How to Teach Self-Sufficiency

Lilah Grace Canevaro

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780198729549
eISBN:
9780191796401
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729549.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This book argues that the structure of Hesiod's Works and Days and the modes of reading the poem which it encourages reflect the interplay between self-sufficiency – Hesiod2019s Iron Age ideal – and ... More


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