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Augustine Beyond the Book: Intermediality, Transmediality by Karla Pollmann, Meredith J. Gill

By Karla Pollmann, Meredith J. Gill

Augustine of Hippo (354-430) is arguably the main influential philosopher and Latin writer of the Early Christian interval. His common legacy has been explored up to now in simple terms partially, and mostly with appreciate to his textual reception. This interdisciplinary quantity makes an attempt to redress this emphasis with a suite of analyses of Augustine's impression within the visible arts, drama, devotional practices, track, the science-faith debate and psychotherapy. The integrated reports hint tricky and infrequently fantastic circumstances of Augustine's ubiquitous presence in highbrow, non secular and creative phrases. the result's a much more differentiated and dynamic photo of the mechanisms wherein the legacy of an historic determine could be perpetuated, together with the occasionally supra-rational and imaginitive dimensions of transmission.

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A notion also relevant in this context is intramediality, that is, thematic interaction or reception within one medium only; this does not receive much attention in this volume (exceptions are Gill; Lichtenstein; de Felipe and Pârvan). Intramediality can be produced by texts, and is then commonly called intertextuality, but it occurs also in other media. For instance, a picture or a visual motif taken out of a familiar context will still evoke the original setting to the knowledgeable spectator, enhancing thereby and deepening the message.

Accordingly, a given medium performs more than one function in the transmedial process; as in the example of the visual arts, it can not only illustrate but also comment on juxtaposed or implied texts, undermining, enhancing, or complementing them to create deliberate tensions between the visual and the textual. This process, in turn, opens up the possibility of alternative readings, and of otherwise interrogating or criticizing the source. Thus, the effect of using different media to present Augustine and his thought normally goes beyond mere artistry or playful exploration.

The same is true of his reception in other media, as well: Augustine was highly critical of the visual arts, music, and drama, but this introduction 9 did not prevent later painters, composers and dramatists from making him or his thought the objects of their artistic endeavours. All media are forms of knowledge in their own right. Accordingly, a given medium performs more than one function in the transmedial process; as in the example of the visual arts, it can not only illustrate but also comment on juxtaposed or implied texts, undermining, enhancing, or complementing them to create deliberate tensions between the visual and the textual.

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