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Creative Geometries: Hooking Up Data in the Middle Ages

Creative Geometries: Hooking Up Data in the Middle Ages

Lecture by Mary Carruthers

Keynote Address at the 12th Annual Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age, given at the Free Library of Philadelphia on November 21, 2019.

Abstract: In this lecture I will explore the close relationships in medieval creative practices among geometric shapes and the human ability to craft original works. Focused on materials crafted in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries from the rich data base of literary texts for the rhetorical and logical arts of Invention, and then disseminated widely during the following centuries, my talk investigates the fundamental cognitive insight of medieval diagram makers, that not only envision what we already know, but invite us to discover surprising logical relationships that can provoke our thinking in new directions.

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Mary J. Carruthers is the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Literature and Professor of English, emerita, at New York University. Click here to view her Academia.edu page

Click here to learn more about the 12th Annual Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

Top Image: Septem artes liberales from “Hortus deliciarum” by Herrad von Landsberg (about 1180)

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