The Challenges and Opportunities of Medieval Difficulty

主題 Topic The Challenges and Opportunities of Medieval Difficulty
代表作品 TitleUniversity of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo
作者 Author
出版社 Publisher
出版年 Year2016
語言 Language
裝訂 Binding□  平裝 Paperback    □  精裝 Hardcover
頁數 Pages
(10 / 13)
Bibliography Reference (STC, Duff, GW . . .)
Web Link
撰寫日期 Date23 Sept 2015

A.   簡介 Introduction (within 500 words, Chinese or English) 

「困難的事物總是給人不經意的喜悅」(基督教 教義 2.6.8)
奧古斯都在讚揚「困境」(“difficulty”)所賦予我們之精神層次的同時,提醒我們「困境」在中世紀知識與宗教文化生活中所扮演的角色為之重要。儘管學界常對自己是否「過分解讀」文本、或是偏好過份簡單化的分析法(稱作“Occam's razor”「歐卡姆剃刀」)感到擔憂,中世紀學者仍然苦思如何探索並衡量「困境」這個問題,特別是當「困境」本身懸而未決,且又排斥任何結論性的答案。
[Original CFP]
“What is sought with more difficulty is discovered with more pleasure.” (On Christian Doctrine 2.6.8). In praising difficulty, Augustine reminds us of its role as a good within medieval intellectual and devotional culture. With scholarly anxieties about ‘over-interpretation’ and a liking for ‘Occam’s razor’-type analyses, though, few opportunities are provided for the modern medievalist to delve into, and value, difficulty – especially as it remains unresolved, and resists conclusion.
This panel seeks papers on all manner of medieval difficulty: the process of working hard at something, of figuring out a range of meaning(s) in texts, images and artefacts, of living with – and revelling in – open-endedness and lack of resolution, of confronting resistant materials (both physical and abstract), and other long-lasting efforts.
What might have been the devotional and intellectual capital of the difficulty of understanding or even hearing motets, of seeing the upper reaches of stained glass windows, or of engaging in theological concepts beyond human perception and understanding? Where might the deferral of resolution have been seen as appropriate, even beneficial? In what circumstances might individuals and/or groups have sought out challenges that made the road they were seeking to travel (be it to their own salvation, or to the completion of a physical task, or toward any other goal) a difficult one?
This session seeks papers from all disciplines within medieval studies that seek to trace the challenges and opportunities surrounding difficulty as it was sought and sustained in medieval culture.
Paper proposals should consist of the following:
1. Paper proposal (maximum one page)
2. Completed Participant Information Form available
3. CV with home and office mailing addresses, e-mail address, and phone number
Please direct all proposal submissions and inquiries to:

B.   延伸閱讀 Extended Reading