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The Staging Of Memory: Ars Memorativa And The Spectacle Of Imagination In Late Medieval Preaching In Poland

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The main point of this chapter is to consider two levels of staging which can be perceived in late medieval preaching in Poland, particularly in the Polish Observants' ars memorativa and the art of preaching. Firstly, the art of memory in East Central Europe has still not been sufficiently investigated. Secondly, the case of the Observants in Poland is very interesting both as far as studying their intellectual, spiritual and preaching activity is concerned, and for investigating their interest in the art of memory at the turn of the sixteenth century. The preacher-memorista is someone like the director and stage designer who deals with the two levels of the spectacle; on the one hand, performing for himself in his consciousness, while, on the other hand, staging different performances for the audience.

Keywords: ars memorativa; late medieval preaching; stage designer; weak memory



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