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“SWEET JESUS”

  • Mary Carruthers
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Abstract

This essay is an experimental and provisional charting of an aesthetic concept so familiar from medieval writing of all sorts, in Latin and all vernaculars, that most scholars have tended to overlook it as self-evident. That concept is ‘sweetness.’ This essay explores it in a manner that I hope will honor the many fruitful conversations I have had in past years with Elizabeth Kirk on a variety of similar “familiars” in late medieval literature, such as allegory and memory, literacy, and the disciplines of meditation.

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Sweet Tree Loeb Classical Library Medieval Literature Aesthetic Concept Latin Version 
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Notes

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