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Bernard As A Father Abbot

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This chapter deals with the literary status of the self and self- presentation. In order to lay a firm basis for such a literary assessment and after saying a few more words about the surface level of Bernard's literary technique, the chapter turn to more theoretical underpinnings of that technique by presenting the concept of figura as developed by Erich Auerbach and twist it in such a way that it can be applied to the specific nature of Bernard's monastic writings. Together with Jean Leclercq, Christine Mohrmann should be mentioned as one of the scholars who has drawn attention to the specific quality of Bernard's style.

Keywords:Bernard; Erich Auerbach



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