By C. Schrock
Medieval writers reminiscent of Chaucer, Abelard, and Langland usually overlaid own tale and sacred historical past to provide a different narrative shape. the 1st of its sort, this learn lines this wide-spread narrative culture to Augustine's nice histories: Confessions and town of God .
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This epiphanic recognition consists of the self in and through the voice of the self. People would find themselves speaking and find themselves in what they spoke, as long as they spoke through the larger entity of the church. 52 Hearing of two soldiers converting, Augustine felt God through the words wrenching “me up from behind my own back where I had placed myself because I did not wish to observe myself . . 16). 16). The story did not just haul himself out from behind 28 C O N S O L A T I O N I N M E D I E VA L N A R R A T I V E his back but drew him in.
Despite the formlessness of Christian history in the City of God, Augustine insists that divine time is linear when seen properly (from divine perspective). Opposing pagan cyclical models of time, he provides C ON S OL AT ION I N AUG U S T I N I A N T I M E 17 three proofs for linearity in books 11–22. The first two proofs collapse the distinction between personal and universal histories. 4). There is no infinite succession of universes or infinite reincarnation of souls. Creation marks a decisive break with previous history (or, paradoxically, previous eternity).
Where the work departs from the biblical narrative, to address pagan Roman history or Christian history, it refrains from foisting form onto stubbornly formless events. ”28 F. E. ”30 History did move, just not in a straight and fortuitous line. 31 The narrative structure of neither work is reducible to chiasmus followed by authoritative exegesis, linearity followed by authoritative retrospect, or disintegrating chaos. Both begin with a pattern of events that moves steadily toward a climax assigning meaning to all that has come before and will come after.
Consolation in Medieval Narrative: Augustinian Authority and Open Form by C. Schrock