Studies in Medieval Significs and the Philology of Culture
Drawn from the entire career of this great medievalist, who, more clearly and in greater detail than anyone before him, articulated the singularly allegorical mentality of the Middle Ages, the essays in this collection show the tendency of medieval thinkers and writers to see nature as a diaphanous screen held against God's sacred mysteries, simultaneously illuminating and obscuring. Ohly's work on the hermeneutics of word and image, meanwhile, traces the way his thinking opened philology to new possibilities through the dual interpretation of textual and visual media.
Including penetrating essays on poetic inspiration, the nature of beauty, sacred and profane exegesis, history as typology, and art as both object and text, this volume will be of enormous value to scholars of comparative literature, the history of art, and religion during the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
Foreword, by Samuel P. Jaffe
Preface, by Friedrich Ohly
1. On the Spiritual Sense of the Word in the Middle Ages
2. Typology as a Form of Historical Thought
3. Problems of Medieval Significs and Hugh of Folieto's "Dove Miniature"
4. The Cathedral as Temporal Space: On the Duomo of Sienna
5. Dew and Pearl: A Lecture
6. Poetry as the Necessary Fruit of a Suffering
7. A Philologist's Remarks about Memoria
Epilogue: Philology as "Aesthetic Science" (Kunstwissenschaft) and "Human Science" (Humanwissenschaft): In Memoriam Friedrich Ohly (1914-1996), by Samuel P. Jaffe